Child, pregnant mom found dead in car amid flood in Berks County
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(Reading) — A police chief in Berks County says a pregnant woman and her 8-year-old son have been found dead in a car swept away by floodwaters.
Douglass Township Police Chief John Dzurek says the car was swept down the Manatawny Creek for about a half-mile on Thursday night, while the woman was on the phone with emergency officials. The call then dropped.
After searching for nearly five hours, emergency workers found the car in a tributary.
The coroner’s office was called to the scene soon after.
Douglass Township is around 20 miles east of Reading.
The identities of the woman and child have not been released.
Several inches of rain fell in Berks County, causing creeks to flood and roadways to shut down for hours.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for parts of eastern Pennsylvania after more than 6 inches of rain dumped onto the area, flooding roads and trapping motorists in cars.
A number of vehicle and residential evacuations took place after the rain-packing storm moved into parts of Berks and Montgomery counties.
The Reading Eagle says someone had to be rescued from the second floor of a home, and several disabled cars were stranded on roads with drivers needing rescue.
Downed wires are also causing issues.
A swath of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia was doused by heavy rains.
Areas of Pittsburgh dealtwith flooding and landslides and Philadelphia is under a flash flood watch through late Thursday.