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4 More Bodies Recovered in Floodwaters at Texas Military Base

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Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks to the media outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at Fort Hood, Texas, June 3, 2016.

Maj. Gen. John Uberti, deputy commanding general III Corps and Fort Hood, speaks to the media outside the Marvin Leath Visitors Center at Fort Hood, Texas, June 3, 2016.

The U.S. Army has recovered the bodies of four additional soldiers who went missing after their vehicle overturned in a flash flood at Fort Hood, a military base in Texas, bringing the number of bodies recovered to nine.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Saturday confirmed the deaths of nine troops at Foot Hood.

Five bodies were recovered almost immediately Thursday after the soldiers' large vehicle was upended in the quickly rising water of a creek on the sprawling military base.

Three solders survived the incident and are reported in stable condition.

The troops were on a training mission at the base when their vehicle was caught in the flash flood.

Carter said the military will "learn lessons" from the accident and actions would be taken in the future "to prevent such accidents."

Fort Hood, 320 kilometers northwest of Houston, has seen a dramatic increase in rainfall over the past few days.

Flooding caused by heavy rains in and around Houston in mid-April resulted in at least eight deaths and damage to more than 1,000 homes. Severe weather and flooding over the past weekend left at least four other people dead as well.

Officials are preparing for the possibility of more floods as the hurricane season officially began June 1.

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