Palm Beach County flooding: 2 people killed in Delray Beach

Hypoluxo soaked by estimated 22 inches

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Two people died in Delray Beach after portions of Palm Beach County were soaked by 12 to 22 inches of rain late Thursday into early Friday.

An estimated 22 inches fell in Hypoluxo, while around 17 inches occurred in Boynton Beach.

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A woman, identified as Elsa Marquez, 56, of Delray Beach, died after being pulled from a submerged car at Heritage Park Way.

At 7:50 a.m., emergency crews with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to reports of a vehicle in a canal near the 5800 block of Heritage Park Way, which is near Atlantic Avenue and Via Flora.

When crews arrived, they found a heavily flooded area with a vehicle in a pond.

Firefighters swam to the vehicle and attempted to gain entry but were unable due to the vehicle being submerged in about 15 to 20 feet of water.

Teams from both PBCFR and Delray Beach Fire Rescue responded with SCUBA divers and were able to remove Marquez from the vehicle.

She was taken to Delray Medical Center in critical condition but later died.

Second Death

Just after 10 a.m., a second person in Delray Beach died at the Kings Point community after walking into water.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 90-year-old Harry Krulewitz.

Officials said Krulewitz walks with a cane, lost his way, slipped into a canal and drowned.  

Dive team members found his body and transported him to Delray Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 

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