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2-year-old El Paso girl now dies from home flood that also killed her grandma

UPDATE, Aug. 14: A 2-year-old girl who was hospitalized after her family's home was overcome by floodwaters that triggered a living room wall collapse died from her injuries on Saturday.

Angel Gomez, who heads Operation HOPE, told ABC-7 that his organization would be assisting with funeral arrangements for the child and her 65-year-old grandmother, who was also killed when the incident happened Thursday night. Two other family members safely escaped the flooded home.

Family members, in a GoFundMe post to raise money for funeral expenses, identified the victims as Dorothy Marin and little Rose Marin.

(Flooding victims who died: Dorothy Marin and little Rose Marin.)

ORIGINAL REPORT, Aug. 13: EL PASO, Texas — A 65–year-old El Paso woman drowned and her 2–year-old granddaughter was clinging to life in the hospital Friday after floodwaters, caused by thunderstorms producing heavy rain, overwhelmed their home late Thursday night.

Police said the death and critical injury occurred when a living room wall collapsed and trapped the pair inside the flooded home at 3219 Nashville in central El Paso.

"A 78–year-old man, a 31–year-old woman and the victims were evacuating the recessed living room as it was flooding before the wall collapsed," police said in a statement.

Firefighters worked to eventually pull the grandmother and child out from under the collapsed wall; the pair were rushed to a hospital where the woman died and the young girl was hospitalized in critical condition.

The victims identities weren't released by authorities.

As much as four inches of rain fell in El Paso during Thursday night's storms, according to ABC-7 StormTrack Doppler Radar estimates.

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