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Delray Beach flooding: Flash flooding drowns two, bulk of rain threat now over

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The Delray Beach flooding this week has drowned two people caught in the rising waters, though weather experts now say that the bulk of the strong rains — that have threatened both homes and vehicles in Palm Beach locales — is now over. The identities of the two flash flood victims have also been revealed in a new report: 56-year-old Elsa Marquez, and 90-year-old Harry Kruelwitz. I4U News provides the update on this perilous weather scare in southern Florida this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.

While flooding in Delray Beach isn’t entirely new to local citizens, the suddenness and reach of these flash floods — that have surged almost waist high in certain regions — have left both cars and homes destroyed this week. The rising water levels tragically drowned at least two confirmed victims this week as well. Elsa Marquez perished due to the difficult driving conditions that the pouring rain caused. On her way home, she lost control of her vehicle, was swept from the Florida street and crashed into a flooded pond. She leaves behind a number of children and her husband, continues the report.

The second known victim in the Delray Beach flooding is 90-year-old Harry Kruelwitz of Palm Beach, who also drowned in the powerful rains and surging tides. While trying to walk through the deluge with only a cane, he was said to “lose his bearings and misinterpret the path he was following.” His body was later found by an underwater diving team.

In light of these tragic deaths, police officials are even more adamant in telling people to stay inside their homes if not yet inundated by the Delray Beach flooding, or to find shelter where possible. The silver lining in terms of the weather is that experts believe that the bulk of the rain-filled threat is over, and the flooding will begin to subside this weekend. Dangerously high water levels are still expected in certain regions of Palm Beach County for at least a couple more days, however.

At one point, the flash flood and difficult driving conditions caused a major Florida interstate (I-95) to be closed down, though it has since been opened.