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DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Two people died Friday morning in Delray Beach after heavy rain and flooding hit Palm Beach County overnight.

A woman 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 the driver from the vehicle.

She was identified as 56-year-old Elsa Marquez of Delray Beach

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

Investigators said when she approached the flooded intersection of  Heritage Park Way and Via Flora she failed to make a turn and drove into a lake. She began sinking and could not get out.

Witnesses tried to rescue her but were unable, investigators said.

Second Death

A second person died in the Kings Point area of Delray Beach after walking into water.

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

It said he walks with a cane and lost his way and slipped into a canal and drowned. Dive team members found his body.

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