Arizona authorities are racing against time to locate three missing children who were inside a vehicle that got swept away by floods on Friday afternoon.
The military-type car was carrying nine people across the flooded Tonto Creek, about 60 miles west of the New Mexico border when it was overtaken by waters at around 4 p.m.
Four children and an adult were rescued after they managed to take refuge on an island. A woman was able to swim to safety and reached the shore. While three children, two 5-year-olds and a 6-year-old, remain missing.
The desperate search continued on Saturday afternoon by law enforcement officers and firefighters with the help of a helicopter. Meanwhile, the flood warning remains effective for Gila County until 8;45 p.m.