2 children found dead after vanishing in Arizona floodwaters, 1 still missing

GCSO: 3 children missing after flooding in Tonto Basin area

Authorities are resuming the search for a 6-year-old Arizona girl who was among three children swept away in raging creek waters.

The kids had been reported lacking late Friday afternoon after a automobile acquired caught in Tonto Creek arrive Tonto Basin, northeast of Phoenix, the Gila County Sheriff's Intention of enterprise said in an announcement.

A man and four children were able to get safe on an island in the creek and were rescued by the first responders, the police department said.

The sheriff's office said one of the tots found Saturday was the child of the man and woman in the vehicle, while the other dead child was a niece.

The missing children were in a auto with the two adults and four children saved, but their relationship is unknown, the report said.

The search continues for the third child, authorities said. The second dead child's age and gender weren't provided in a statement released by the Sheriff's Office.

Gila County sheriff's Lt. Virgil Dodd said the boy's body was found about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) downstream and that the search continued for the other two missing children. A search was launched for the three missing children.

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The Gila County Sheriff's office told KPHO a woman managed to reach the banks on the opposite side of the creek, where she was rescued.

It was not immediately known why the group tried to cross the creek.

"That's why we're trying to do our very best out there today in hopes that we can get the children to safety", said sheriff's Lt. Virgil Dodd.

Crews in helicopters were searching for the missing children Friday night, CNN reported.

Signs at Tonto Creek cautioned against entering during flooding, Dodd said, adding that Tonto Creek's waters will keep rising throughout Saturday.

A powerful storm making its way east from California is expected to bring intensifying snow and ice to the Midwest during the year's busiest travel weekend.

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