Channel 13 Reporter Rescues Man From Sinking Car at I-10 and Studemont
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ABC News reporter Steve Campion even took his mike with him into the water to help a man from his sinking car, all captured on video.
The man's Ford Focus started sinking on Studemont right near the I-10 exit. The man tried reversing, though it was clear to the news reporters that his car, at that point, was more like a boat with a hole in it. "Why is he doing that?...God...What do we do?" says Campion.
Campion starts to yell to him, "Dude, you've got to get out of the car," and the man gets out of his passenger-side door waist-deep in rainwater, apparently unsure whether he should stay with the sinking Focus or swim to safety. Seeing the man struggle, Campion wades on out to give him a hand and help him walk to shallower water.
So if you were planning on leaving the house right now, just watch this video one more time and try to think that over. According to Campion, two more cars were submerged in that very same mini-lake where the Ford Focus sank.
Last night, more than ten inches of rain hit areas of Harris County, and a flash flood warning remains in effect until 1 p.m., according to the Harris County flood control authority. Overnight, the Houston Fire Department reported it had performed 15 high-water rescues. A tornado warning had even been issued at one point, expiring at 5:15 a.m. (If you didn't wake up to that crackling lightning and thunder around 4:30 a.m., then be assured that the rest of the entire county envies you.)
All city buildings have been closed, and Mayor Turner even canceled his State of the City speech, which was supposed to be at noon today. He said, "This is a dangerous situation and I do not want our employees trying to get to work," Turner said. "All Houstonians need to stay off the roads. Do not go out until conditions improve."
If you absolutely, without a doubt must get on the road, then make sure to check out these high-water locations. Unfortunately, there are now 75.