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Tonto Creek near where a family’s truck became submerged and stuck in Tonto Basin on Dec. 1, 2019. (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Republic)

Gila County will receive $21 million to fund a bridge over Tonto Creek where three children died last year, Sen. Martha McSally announced Thursday.

The county will receive the funding under the fiscal year 2020 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development discretionary grants program, McSally’s office said in a news release.

“Last November, Arizonans mourned the loss of the Rawlings family’s three young children who died during an accident crossing a flooded Tonto Creek,” McSally said in a statement. “No other family should have to experience this kind of unimaginable loss.”

On Nov. 29, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings were crossing Tonto Creek in a truck with seven kids during a winter storm when the waters began to flood, The Republic reported. The truck got stuck.

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