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Water flooded home, trapped family on second floor during overnight storms

Sarah Ferreira has lived in a house on Burns Drive in Marietta for eight years with her parents until storms overnight flooded them out.

MARIETTA, Ga. — A metro Atlanta family went through a terrifying encounter when water quickly rose, trapping them on the second floor in their home.

Storms moved through the area overnight, causing flash floods in some neighborhoods.

Sarah Ferreira has lived in a house on Burns Drive in Marietta for eight years with her parents until storms overnight flooded them out.

"It's a very scary experience, and we're just trying to get everything we lost back," she said. "Everything on the bottom floor is completely destroyed. My mom worked downstairs as a babysitter. The whole daycare is destroyed."

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Ferreira said they were all asleep upstairs as the floodwaters rose, and they only knew the house was flooding when an EMT banged on the back door. The water line on the house shows that at one point, the water was five feet high.

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The flooding happened in only three houses. However, the family was stuck upstairs and had to wait for hours until the water went down.

"Everything was flooded in the back and the front," Ferreira said. "If we came downstairs, basically we would have drowned because my mom doesn't know how to swim, my stepdad doesn't know how to swim."

The family's cars were damaged as well, and they don't have renters insurance, so they're not sure how they can replace anything. However, the family is grateful they made it out.