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Five Soldiers Killed in Floods at Texas Army Base

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FILE - Residents walk through floodwaters after being evacuated from their flooded apartment complex, in Houston. Fort Hood, 320 kilometers northwest of Houston, has seen a dramatic increase in rainfall over the past few days.

FILE - Residents walk through floodwaters after being evacuated from their flooded apartment complex, in Houston. Fort Hood, 320 kilometers northwest of Houston, has seen a dramatic increase in rainfall over the past few days.

Five soldiers are dead and four others remain missing after their vehicle was overturned in a flooded creek at Fort Hood Army base, military officials in Texas said.

Three bodies were found soon after the two-ton truck was overtaken by the swift current of Owl creek during morning exercises Thursday. Two more bodies were found late Thursday.

The army withheld the names of the soldiers pending notification of relatives. Army aircraft, canine units, and swift water rescue boats continue the search for four more soldiers who were also in the truck.

The Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, as it's called, resembles a flatbed truck with a walled bed and is used to carry troops.

Three soldiers were rescued and are currently hospitalized in stable condition.

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, Texas, 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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