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Two people were killed after being trapped in their car amid rising floodwaters on a depressed section of roadway in Millbrae Thursday, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 6 a.m., deputies responded to reports of a vehicle trapped in floodwaters in the area of Hillcrest Boulevard and Hemlock Avenue. Initial reports stated two people were standing on the roof of their vehicle as the floodwaters rose, and first responders arrived and rescued them, deputies said.

But then first responders also found a second fully-submerged vehicle.

“First responders attempted to gain access to the secondary vehicle and during the attempted rescue, the conditions became too dangerous for first responders, as the floodwaters were rising rapidly,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “As the waters receded, the Sheriff’s Office was able to determine that there were two people deceased in the secondary vehicle.”

The victims’ identities have not been released pending notification of their familiy.

“Please drive carefully and DO NOT drive through standing water,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

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