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US Young hotel worker hailed as a hero after working 32 hours during Hurricane Imelda

20:35  22 september  2019
20:35  22 september  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Satchel Smith is being hailed a hero after working 32 hours straight at a Beaumont, Texas, hotel . His co- workers were unable to travel in the storm to get to work at the Hilton-owned hotel . Hurricane Imelda paralyzed the Houston, Texas, area, bringing hazardous flooding that so far, has

ANAHUAC, Tex. — Sitting in a chair next to a green cot inside a disaster shelter, his small dog on his lap, Edmund Hann was in a daze. Two years ago, Hurricane Harvey flooded his home in Winnie, Tex. On Thursday, Tropical Depression Imelda did the same.

A Texas hotel employee is being hailed as a hero after working 32 hours straight and helping to ensure guests' safety and comfort as the region was assailed by Hurricane Imelda.

a bridge over a river: A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.© Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.

Satchel Smith began his shift at the Homewood Suites in Beaumont at 3 p.m. on Sept. 18 but was not relieved until 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 20, reports ABC affiliate WFAA.

At one point, he was the lone employee on-site, said hotel guest Angela Chandler in a Facebook post praising Smith. His co-workers were unable to travel in the storm to get to work at the Hilton-owned hotel.

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As floodwaters began slowing receding in Houston, police worked to clear freeways of hundreds of He was last seen walking during severe rainfall. Officials in Liberty County, which adjoins Harris Many officials compared the flooding from Imelda with the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, a

Imelda left Satchel Smith as the lone employee at a Homewood Suites in Texas. The hotel a mile from us is under water. Satchel has been here all night. His coworkers couldn't make it to work , so he stayed. A woman gets into her car during a rain storm caused by Tropical Storm Imelda on Sept.

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"Meet Satchel. He is the only employee here at Homewood Suites in Beaumont. The access road is underwater and [Interstate 10] is shut down due to flooding. We can’t get in or go out. The hotel a mile from us is under water. Satchel has been here all night," Chandler wrote. She said in her Facebook post that she was a guest at the hotel during Smith's long hours.

She went on to commend Smith, a full-time college student at Lamar University, for his service.

"He has manned the phones, answered each of our questions, ensured that we have had a hot cup of coffee or tea, and helped serve us a hot breakfast," she posted. She wrote that he “handled this situation with grace, kindness, and a beautiful smile on his face."

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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. 

'Worse than Hurricane Harvey': At least 2 dead as Imelda overwhelms Texas with' incredibly dangerous' flooding. First responders were overwhelmed by 911 calls for high water rescues as Tropical Depression Imelda drenched Winnie and Beaumont, Texas, with rain.

Hurricane Imelda has claimed the life of a fourth person in Texas after a man was discovered Police were working well into the night to clear roads of vehicles stalled and abandoned because of People have been warned that an additional one to two inches of rain could fall as Imelda edges away from

During Smith's shift the weather caused problems with the hotel's computers, setting off fire alarms, yet the young worker tried to remain calm, Smith told WFAA. He and guests of the hotel worked together making breakfast and dinner for everyone.

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However, Smith said that he doesn't consider himself a hero.

"I was always gonna be there for them, I would never plan on leaving," he said. "I don't consider myself a hero, that's just what I would do, I think anybody would do the same thing."

a bridge over a body of water: A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.© Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP A truck drives through a flooded highway as flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda continues in Southeast Texas, Sept. 20, 2019, in Mauriceville, Texas.

Hurricane Imelda paralyzed the Houston, Texas area, bringing hazardous flooding that so far, has left five dead and a wake of destruction in its aftermath. Many in the area are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, which struck two years ago.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared a state of disaster for 13 counties as the floodwaters climbed. In Harris County, which encompasses Houston, more than 1,000 people were rescued.

The downpour is the fourth highest amount of rain from a tropical system in Texas' recorded history, as well as the seventh highest amount of rain from a tropical system in U.S. recorded history.

ABC News’ Max Golembo, Marc Nathanson, Emily Shapiro and Dan Peck contributed to this report.

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