Reuters

Updated on June 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET

The death toll from the floods in Texas that swept away a truck carrying a dozen soldiers from Fort Hood has risen to nine, after the bodies of the four missing soldiers was recovered Friday evening.

Earlier in the day, rescue workers found the bodies of two other soldiers who were on the truck. The search began after a 2 ½-ton truck carrying a dozen soldiers overturned Thursday while crossing Owl Creek, which had been flooded because of the heavy rains that have hit Central Texas recently.

The soldiers had tried to cross part of Owl Creek, about 12 miles north of Forth Hood. Three soldiers found alive shortly after the accident were taken to the hospital on Fort Hood.

More than half of Texas is under flood watch as rains have caused rivers and reservoirs to overflow. It’s not clear exactly how the truck overturned, but a spokesman for the Army post told the Austin American-Statesman the soldiers were in the proper place, and doing what their training exercise called for.

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