Social media videos capture Texas water rescues, flooded city

The Harris County Sheriff office shared images and a video of first responders rescuing people stranded in their cars


By Danny Hermosillo
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — The flooding caused by the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Imelda created intense situations from Beaumont to Houston to Conroe.

Even as they faced danger, many people managed to record their predicament and share it on social media.

When the rain stopped falling, first responders kicked into high gear, rescuing those trapped by floodwaters.

In the face of adversity, some people took some extreme risks, even though authorities advised against it.

Below are some of the most interesting sights of Imelda:

Hummer submarine

@marco_c11 appears to have turned his SUV into a submarine. The Twitter post claims this is at I-45 and Texas 249.

We hope he rolled up his windows real tight.

School of Fish

YouTube user Donna Chandler posted this adorable video of HISD elementary students balancing on a makeshift catwalk to get around school. Hopefully, there were no impromptu swimming lessons.

We told you to turn around

"We are working hard to keep the community safe," tweeted the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "Never drive into a flooded roadway. Please continue to shelter in place if possible were ready for the rescue."

Highway high dive

No one ever, EVER, should try diving from a bridge onto a highway, no matter how deep the water might appear. Yet, this guy in Beaumont apparently couldn't resist the challenge.

Jordan Varnes @PbVarnes77 tweeted, "What it's like going to school in SETX during hurricane season." The location given is Lamar University.

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