It was a day of mourning for a family of three who were swept away by Hurricane Matthew and their belongings by storm surge in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the local authorities have said they’re taking steps to get them back to safety.
The three young adults and a dog were living in an old wooden house in the woods in Palm Harbor when they were swept from their boat on Monday, the Miami Herald reported.
A spokesman for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office told the Miami New Times that the agency is seeking assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The house, which is owned by the local fire department, has been flooded to the point where it’s now submerged.
The children were uninjured, the Sheriff’s office said.
But the children were unable to find a way out of the house because it was surrounded by floodwaters, which pushed them into the ocean, the Herald reported, citing authorities.
The sheriff’s office told the paper that the family is expected to be able to return home in the next few days.