Authorities in central Arizona are searching for three children missing after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek amid risky, wintry weather that bedeviled drivers across large swaths of the western USA over the Thanksgiving holiday.
According to the Gila County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle tried to cross Tonto Creek at the Bar X crossing at about 4 p.m. local time Friday but was swept up by flooding.
USA 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. A man and four children made it out of the vehicle and became stranded on a small island.
An intense winter storm is pummeling Arizona, leaving hundreds - including tourists at Grand Canyon Village - without power, covering highways with ice and forcing authorities to declare a state of emergency, The Hill reported.
A five-year-old boy was found this morning at 8:45 a.m. and a second child, whose age and sex were not revealed, was found at 11:14 a.m., the Arizona Republic reports.
Authorities are searching for three children missing after a vehicle was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen creek in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
"We hope we accumulate the final one and bring her to safety", Dodd said.
On Saturday, boy and a girl, aged 5, were found dead about 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) downstream from a submerged auto, sheriff spokesman Virgil Dodd said in a statement. The crossing had been closed several hours earlier, KPHO reported. Another adult was rescued from the shore, but three children remained inside the vehicle. He said he would have come to help regardless, as he has known the Rawlings for more than 30 years.