Pregnant Miami Woman Rescued from Storm Drain


Rescuers pulled a pregnant woman from a storm drain in northwestern Miami-Dade County after she fell in and became trapped.

The woman fell into a storm drain in the 2100 block of Northwest 100th Street on Wednesday morning. The storm drain, adjacent to a sidewalk, was missing a steel cover, Local 10's Kellie Butler reported.

Family members identified the injured woman as 26-year-old Iandra Russell. They said she is five months pregnant.

According to her cousin Tracey Simmons, Russell had just dropped off her children at school and was on her way to visit. She did not see the gaping hole and fell in.

The hole appeared to be at least 5 feet deep.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said when they arrived, the woman was chest-deep in water. They lowered a ladder and the woman climbed out of the drain.

Russell was taken to North Shore Hospital. Family members said that besides some bumps and bruises, Russell and the unborn child appeared to be OK.

Simmons told Local10s Kellie Butler she has complained about the missing storm cover for more than a week.

Sergio Bermudez, a supervisor at the Miami-Dade Public Works Department, disputed that, saying his department never received any complaints until Wednesday's accident.

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