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Ore. flooding claims lives of mom, 1-year-old son

January 19, 2012

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a woman killed after raging flood waters swept a car from a grocery store parking lot has been recovered hours after searchers recovered her son’s body from an Oregon creek.

The Albany Fire department says family members located the body of 18-year-old Catharine McLaughlin about 1 p.m. Thursday.

Her son, 20-month-old Aiden McLaughlin, also died when the creek rose rapidly Wednesday evening and the car they were in was swept away. Two other people — a 24-year-old man who was driving the car and his 5-year-old son — were rescued after being carried downstream.

The deaths of McLaughlin and her son are among at least three blamed on a brutal storm that is hitting the Pacific Northwest.

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