Channel 13 Reporter Rescues Man From Sinking Car at I-10 and Studemont

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

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. 

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.