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Flash floods cause at least 1 fatality

August 27, 2008|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Scattered showers have caused flooding in some parts of the Inland Empire, leading to at least one fatality and prompting officials to issue a flash flood watch for parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where forecasters expect more rain.

A San Bernardino County woman drowned Monday night after her sedan was washed away by fast-moving flood waters on a remote county road.

Rosemary Genc, 51, of Big River was attempting to drive her Honda Accord across Rio Vista Road about 9 p.m. when the car was carried away, flipped and submerged in less than three feet of water, said Sandy Fatland, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff's coroner's division.

Genc was pronounced dead at the scene, Fatland said.

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