UPDATE: 9:23 p.m. EDT -- The bodies of four soldiers who went missing after their Army truck overturned in a rain-swollen creek were recovered Friday, bringing the death toll to nine in the incident at Fort Hood, Texas, NBC News reported.
The U.S. Army and local teams searched for the soldiers after Thursday's accident. Three soldiers survived the incident and were taken to a hospital.
The Army says at least five soldiers are dead and four are missing after a U.S. Army truck overturned in a swollen Fort Hood creek. Jillian Kitchener reports.
The search for the missing soldiers is focused on an area near a low-water river crossing at the Fort Hood Central Texas Army Base.
The bodies of five others have already been recovered.
The Army says they were in a truck that overturned in a swollen creek during a training exercise on Thursday.
Former Fort Hood soldier John Sanders says he's trying to understand what might have happened.
(SOUNDBITE) FORMER FORT HOOD SOLDIER JOHN SANDERS, SAYING:
"I don't think any of this was intentional. Bad luck, bad timing. I mean, was there other routes that they could've taken, I mean how well did they know Fort Hood? Was that the only road they knew?"
Officials say three soldiers were rescued from the water and are in stable condition at a hospital.
But the floods continue to pose a threat. Apart from the soldiers, at least six people have been killed in the past week and thousands have been evacuated from their homes.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for parts of east Texas and Louisiana. They say more rain is predicted in the coming days.