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US High schooler saves woman and toddler from Imelda flooding

15:25  20 september  2019
15:25  20 september  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Imelda 's rain bands were also stretching into Louisiana. The weather center said flash flood While there could be some isolated structure flooding in the Houston area, widespread house flooding Officials in the Houston area were preparing high -water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday.

First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues as Tropical Depression Imelda drenched Winnie and Beaumont, Texas with rain. 33 inches of rain: Hundreds rescued from 'life threatening' floods as Imelda drenches Texas.

Southeast Texas is bracing for a long recovery, after tropical depression Imelda brought heavy rains and severe flooding not seen since Hurricane Harvey.

Cities are now submerged under water and some areas are seeing upwards of five feet of rain. At least two deaths have been blamed on the storm, and crews performed more than 1,000 fire rescues – but police and fire rescue teams also had to rely on good-hearted citizens to help others escape danger. Just north of Houston in Aldine, high school football player Jayden Payne jumped into a car to help save a woman and her toddler after she drove her SUV into a ditch with about 15 feet of water.

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The Aldine High School football player jumped into Thursday afternoon's flood waters near campus from Tropical Depression Imelda to rescue a woman Mustang football player Jayden Payne jumped into the water to help save a woman and her toddler when the car they were in went into the ditch

Imelda made landfall near Freeport, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon as a tropical storm, but has since Houston — Officials in the Houston area were preparing high -water vehicles and staging rescue Lindner says while there is the potential for some isolated structure flooding in the Houston area

"I put her on the side of the grass and she put her baby on the grass," Payne recalled. "She just told me, she was like, 'You're my guardian angel.'"

And when one tractor trailer driver steered onto a flooded street and the cab of his truck inundated with water up to the windshield, onlookers jumped onto the top of the trucks and used a rope and hammer to save his life.

a group of people sitting posing for the camera: nfa-shamlian-tx-flooding-needs-tracks-frame-71.jpg© Credit: CBSNews nfa-shamlian-tx-flooding-needs-tracks-frame-71.jpg Overnight, the Houston Fire Department performed over 100 high water rescues and put out five fires. The devastation was reminiscent of some of the worst storms in U.S. history.

The storm is nearing the top 4 for the most rain in a U.S. mainland tropical storm to impact Texas.  A disaster declaration is up in 13 counties.

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'It's bad': Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas  Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey two years ago. 

Imelda Brings Catastrophic Rainfall to Texas. The storm has dumped upwards of 40 inches of rain in some spots. Motorists were stranded along Interstate 10 because of the flooding , and the Texas Department of Transportation closed the interstate in both directions between Winnie and Beaumont.

Imelda , now a tropical depression, moved slowly northeast out of the Houston area and toward As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no widespread reports of high water on freeways or in structures The National Hurricane Center said flash flood watches were still in effect for southeast Texas and

"I think it was a lot worse than kinda the general public had anticipated," one volunteer said.

In Beaumont, Coast Guard helicopters carried patients one by one to safety after they were caught in the rising floodwaters. In Houston, stranded drivers with their children wearing life jackets were pulled to higher ground.

"The fact that there are cars stranded and people are getting high-water rescued, that's never happened in our time we've lived here," one resident said. "Even after Harvey."

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo joined rescue teams searching for people. He waded through chest-high water urging homeowners to evacuate.

"We may not be able to come back," he warned.

Aftermath of Imelda still has people and livestock in southeast Texas seeking higher ground .
For most people in southeast Texas not dealing with flood-damaged property, Imelda is a slightly distant memory, with the floodwaters largely receded. But in many areas, especially near Beaumont, some roadways and fields are still underwater. Recently, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Beaumont office posted this video on Twitter of rancher herding their cattle out of flooded fields. "We have seen an issue with livestock seeking higher ground along roadways," the TxDOT tweet states. "Please use caution while traveling. Ranchers are busy trying to herd them to safer locations.

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