Delray Beach Flooding: I-95 Shut Down, Lives LostBy: Aleyia Dixon - January 10, 2014
Southern Florida laid under more than a foot of rainwater earlier today due to a flash flood that washed out homes and streets– and also took two lives.
A Florida newspaper tells us of how schools and a large section of I-95 were shut down today, and the high waters even drifted into the emergency room of the Delray Medical Center early this morning. Patients were moved and surgeries cancelled today as water remains present along the building.
Elsa Marquez was overtaken by the water at 7:52 this morning as she attempted to maneuver her Toyota RAV4 along the flooded streets. With the high levels of water and blinding rains making visibility extremely difficult, Marquez missed a turn that led her into a lake. She was pronounced dead in the flooded Delray Medical Center despite valiant efforts from witnesses and the Palm Beach fire rescue crews.
90-year-old Harry Krulewitz always walked with a cane, and this morning the waist-high waters overwhelmed him as he slipped into a canal and drowned. The Palm Beach Country Fire Rescue SCUBA team found him completely underwater, and he was pronounced dead at the same Delray Medical Center.
The National Weather Service reports that conditions are improving and little rainfall is expected in Delray tonight. High waters still remain in Delray Beach, but the city should not expect water levels to rise or more flash flooding.
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