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Fairfax police identify victims who drowned in floods
Police in Fairfax County have identified three people, including a 12-year-old boy, who drowned as they were swept away in flood waters.
Officials said Jack Donaldson, 12, was playing with friends in his backyard in the 9700 block of Marcliff Court around 6 p.m. Thursday when a flash flood swept him into a creek behind his home. Fire and police rescue personnel found him dead about two hours later in Piney Branch Creek at Lawyers Road, a short distance away.
A second person, 67-year-old Arsalan Hakiri drowned when his car was swept away by flood waters.
Around 7 p.m., rescue personnel were called to the area near Beech Mill Road at Club View Drive by a woman whose car had been swept off the road. Rescue workers were able to save the woman, but police officials said Mr. Hakiri may have drowned as he tried to get out of his Toyota Yaris and was swept farther downstream.
Police could not confirm Friday where Mr. Hakiri lived.
Fairfax County Police on Friday identified a third victim from Thursday night’s floods. Galo Sebastian Salvador Vinueza, 25, of Lorton died after he abandoned his car and tried to cross a flooded bridge on foot, police said.
Over the course of the evening into early Friday morning, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department performed more than 100 water rescues, said spokesman Dan Schmidt.
"I can't recall that many rescues in that short a time recently," he said. "It's either a record or near a record."
City officials are now out conducting assessments to damaged homes and structures and expect to be finished by Friday night, Mr. Schmidt said. While flood waters have mostly receeded, some roads remain flooded in the area.
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