Woman Dies From Driving Into Canal After Floods: Deputies

Authorities said the road's edge was concealed by heavy floods

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    Chopper footage shows the extent of flooding caused by heavy rains in Palm Beach County on Friday, January 10, 2014. (Published Friday, Jan 10, 2014)

    A woman died when she drove off the road and into a Delray Beach canal on Friday, after heavy rains caused flooding which concealed the edge of the road and body of water, authorities said.

    The Palm Beach Sheriff's Office was investigating the incident at Via Flora and West Atlantic Avenue.

    Heavy Flooding in Palm Beach County

    [MI] Heavy Flooding in Palm Beach County
    Heavy flooding closed roads and schools and damagesd several homes and cars in Palm Beach County. Boynton Beach resident Mary Weatherford comments. (Published Friday, Jan 10, 2014)

    The woman, Elsa Marquez, 57, died at the scene. She was a mother of five children.

    Her husband Jorge Marquez said she had just finished working a double shift as a nurse at a senior living facility, and she was on her way home.

    Friends said she had been working for the facility one week.

    About a block away from where Marquez died, a white truck fell into a lake, but a resident said everyone made it out safely.

    Heavy rains and flooding closed roads and schools and destroyed several cars and homes in Palm Beach County Friday.

    Certain areas received double digits amounts of rain, according to the National Weather Service. in Boynton Beach, 17.72 inches were recorded.

    The flooding had I-95 southbound lanes closed early Friday in Boynton Beach.

    Officials were assisting residents who were flooded out of their homes in finding temporary shelter. Crews were also out late Thursday and early Friday helping motorists who became stranded in the flooding.

    Footage showed several residents navigating the flood waters in kayaks and canoes.

    See updates on the flooding in Palm Beach County here.