Several days after the storm, one of the missing mothers, Yolanda Santos', body was found near 36th and May, about a block from our home. KOCO.com reported on the shocking discovery.
My son, August, and I unknowingly walked close by Yolanda's body many times on our night walks through the flooded Venice neighborhood. Her body was hidden in debris that had piled up against a chain-link fence along the drainage ditch.
The day her body was found, Casey saw a posse of searchers, probably her family members, in high rubber boots walking down the drainage ditch.
It is a sad end for this young family. The meteorologists warned that we needed to get underground, an interior room wasn't good enough for a storm of this size and strength. We were all still terrified by the last deadly storm. This family was trying to be safe.
This happened in the spring of 2011. It hadn't been raining in our area, so it was a surprise when the drainage ditch filled up with storm water from south of here. Luckily this man was saved, he was able to call for help with his cell phone. This team of men saved him with the ropes you see.
One of the rescuers had a sincere talk with August and me. He made us promise never to go down in the ditch. We have broken the promise. The drainage ditch is a kind of nature sanctuary. Right in the middle of the city, you can climb down there, and it can be so peaceful. We have to keep in mind from time to time it takes lives.