Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away - 47abc

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away - 47abc

Two children were found dead and another was missing in Arizona on Saturday after the vehicle they were in became stuck while crossing a storm-swollen forest creek outside Phoenix, part of a post-Thanksgiving winter storm that pummeled wide swathes of the country.

The kids were passengers in a auto that was crossing Tonto Creek, near the border of New Mexico, soon after 4 p.m. when the vehicle got stuck in the floodwaters, Gila County Sheriff said in a Facebook post.

A man and four children managed to get out of the vehicle and were rescued by a helicopter while a woman was found on shore, but the three other children were lost in the floodwaters and could not be recovered, police said.

US media said that 2 of 3 missing kids were discovered dead on Saturday in Arizona state in the U.S.as a flood swept a vehicle there were inside, the search remains ongoing for the missing child.

Four children and an adult were rescued from a sand bar by way of an emergency helicopter.

But he said officials are hopeful they can rescue the last girl alive, as 30 people continue searching on foot.

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The search for the missing girl was expected to resume at 7 a.m. Sunday along Tonto Creek after being halted Saturday evening, The Arizona Republic reported. Personnel from the Gila County Sheriff's Office located the vehicle Saturday morning, but the three missing children were not inside. "We'd like to remind the public ... when they see these signs, it's very unsafe to attempt to cross".

The Rawlings family members are from various areas of Arizona and were in the area visiting relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Lt. Virgil Dodd of the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Dodd said the unidentified family were not residents of the area.

© Patrick Breen/The Republic A truck passes through part of Tonto Creek in Tonto Basin, Arizona on December 1, 2019.

A low-pressure system had brought heavy storms to the area, forcing road closures and leaving thousands of residents without power.

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