BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) – Authorities discovered a shivering toddler clinging to the physique of her drowned mom in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas after the lady tried to hold her baby to security from Harvey’s floods.
Capt. Brad Penisson of the hearth-rescue division in Beaumont stated the lady’s car obtained caught Tuesday afternoon within the flooded parking zone of an workplace park simply off Interstate 10. Squalls from Harvey have been pounding Beaumont with as much as 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain an hour on the time with 38 mph (60 kph) gusts, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service.
Penisson stated a witness noticed the lady take her 18-month-previous daughter and attempt to stroll to security when the swift present of a flooded drainage canal subsequent to the parking zone swept them each away.
The kid was holding onto the floating lady when a police and hearth-rescue workforce in a ship caught as much as them a half-mile downstream, he stated. Rescuers pulled them into the boat simply earlier than they might have gone underneath a railroad trestle the place the water was so excessive that the boat couldn’t have adopted.
First responders lifted the kid from her mom’s physique and tried to revive the lady, however she by no means regained consciousness.
Penisson stated the kid was in secure situation at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.
The identities of the mom and youngster have been being withheld till the daddy, who was out of city, may be notified.
At the least 18 individuals have been killed by Harvey since Friday, when it made landfall in Texas as a Class four hurricane. Harvey has since weakened to a tropical storm.
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