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Charleston woman killed, children missing in PA flooding

On Thursday 19th November 2009 over 31cm of rain fell in 24 hours on the Cumbrian mountains. The single largest rainfall total in the British Isles since records began. It caused unprecedented flooding, with Cockermouth being particularly badly hit after

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BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (WXTF/CBS News) - A Pennsylvania fire chief has identified the Charleston woman killed in flash flooding as a search continues for her two children.

Upper Makefield Township Police said Katie Seley, 32, died in the flooding. The children, 2-year-old Mattie Sheils and 9-month-old Conrad Sheils, were still missing as of Monday.

The family was driving Sunday about 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and got caught in flash flooding, Upper Makefield Fire Company Chief Tim Brewer said during a Sunday news conference, CBS News reported.

Brewer said the father took his 4-year-old son while the mother and grandmother grabbed two other children. Seley died in the flooding.

Their vehicle was one of approximately 11 that were believed to be on the road when the flash flooding happened, CBS News reported.

Brewer said at a Monday news conference search teams are helping form Delaware, Chester, and parts of Bucks County, New Jersey. K-9 units and underwater search teams are also involved, along with “quite a few” drones involved in the search, which he said would be “a massive undertaking.

Officials said the flooding happened after almost seven inches of rain came down in about 45 minutes.

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