Tropical Storm Isaias claims life of Pennsylvania girl, 5, who 'walked out' of home
Written by kslmadmin on August 5, 2020
Authorities told FOX29 that Eliza went missing after walking out of her home during the storm, and was last seen around noon Tuesday on Spring Valley Road in Lansdale.
The 5-year-old was described as not wearing shoes at the time she left the house, and that she is on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal.
Crews searched neighborhoods, parks, and walking trails around Towamencin Creek into the early hours on Wednesday before her body was discovered.
Montgomery County officials told the Philadelphia Inquirer her body was discovered in Towamencin Creek, which had swollen overnight due to the extensive rains from the storm.
Millions along the East Coast were picking up the pieces on Wednesday after the storm blasted the area.
Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park.
Another person died in Pennsylvania when their vehicle was overtaken by floodwaters and was swept downstream.
Three others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland, Connecticut, and New York City, and a seventh person died in Delaware when a tree branch fell on them, authorities said.
Major flooding was reported in Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River, which sent an unsecured construction barge into a bridge. Inspectors were checking for damage. Interstate 676, which crosses the bridge, was also closed in both directions.
Regional rail service was also suspended in Philadelphia due to damage from the storm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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