TONTO BASIN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- It's been over a week since the Tonto Creek tragedy where nine family members were swept away by floodwaters in a military-style truck. The bodies of two of the children were found and now the search for the third child has been turned into a recovery.
Search teams are using a lot of different types of technology to find 6-year-old Willa Rawlings, including scuba divers and drones. More than 300 volunteers, as well as police agencies around Arizona, have come out to Bar X Crossing since the tragedy to help search Tonto Creek. The bodies of Willa's 5-year-old brother, Colby, and her 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found over a week ago. But wet weather is making it difficult to find Willa.
Gila County Sheriff's deputies say last week, the lowering water levels in Tonto Creek really helped them with their search efforts, but that's all changing because the National Weather Service says there's a Flood Warning for Tonto Creek until 7:15 p.m. Monday, really putting a damper on any progress that's been made thus far.
Authorities are really pushing the message, "Turn Around, Don't Drown," after a 69-year-old man was found dead 20 miles away from Bar X Crossing. Authorities say he was trying to cross Tonto Creek in the Gisela area when his 4-door sedan got caught up in the floodwaters and he was swept downstream.
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Meanwhile, the Gila County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide an update on Monday at 12:30 p.m. on the search effort and a community meeting will follow at 1 p.m. The family will be having funeral services for Colby and Willa on Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. in Lakeside, Arizona.