Pregnant woman, 8-year-old son dead after car swept away by floodwaters in Berks County

UPDATED: 10 a.m.

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DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A pregnant woman and her 8-year-old son were found dead in Berks County after their car was swept away by floodwaters.

Police say they received a call from Grist Mill and Locust roads that the woman and her child were in danger because the Manatawny Creek in Douglass Township was rising quickly. While the woman was on the phone with 911, the call suddenly dropped.

Police have recovered the Mazda they were in, but due to the dangerous conditions still surrounding the area, they have not been able to remove the bodies from the car just yet.

Floodwaters rose in the surrounding area, sloshing around mud and debris. Police have blocked off some roads from drivers.

The region was pummeled with rain Thursday night. Flash flood warnings were issues all across the suburbs, including a rare flash flood emergency in part of Montgomery County. 

Police say Ironstone Park in Boyertown was devastated by flooding. In nearby Pottstown, there were no reports of injuries, but when the Manatawny Creek rose, some cars were flooded, and basements of homes and businesses filled with water. The water has receded, but the cleanup for many is just getting started.

Berks County residents said they haven’t seen this type of flooding since the ’70s when a hurricane came through.

In Burlington County, New Jersey, residents also braced a now all-too-familiar tornado warning. 

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This is a developing story. Stay with KYW Newsradio for live updates.

KYW Newsradio’s Andrew Kramer contributed to this report.

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