Five US soldiers confirmed dead and four still missing in Texas flood

Five US Army soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division are dead and four others missing after their vehicle was swept away by floodwater at Fort Hood Thursday morning.

According to Fort Hood Press Center, the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle -a cargo truck known as a LMTV- was overturned in the inclimate weather conditions while traversing a low-water crossing at around 11:30 yesterday in Fort Hood’s training area.

While three soldiers were rescued from a watery demise, five less-fortunate soldiers were confirmed dead in the aftermath of the crash, with four others still missing.

“The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning,”1st Cavalry Division Commander  Major General John C. Thompson III said in a statement yesterday. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of several Troopers and continue search operations. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time as we care for the Families, loved ones, and fellow Soldiers of those impacted by this tragedy. God Bless the First Team.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement the state “stands ready to provide any assistance to Fort Hood as they deal with this tragedy”.

According to Sky News, flooding in Texas took the lives of at least six people last week, with cities like Laporte seeing 4.36 inches of rain in only three hours. To make matters worse, forecasters have warned over a new batch of storms -which could see up to 10 inches of rain- scheduled through Saturday.

The search -which includes air support- continues for the missing soldiers, despite heavy flooding and other hazards in the training area.

While the rescued soldiers are reported to be in stable condition, the names of the dead and missing soldiers have yet to be released, pending the notification of the soldiers’ families.

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