When all of America initially heard about Hurricane Harvey, we understood that this storm was going to bring a lot of rain and wind and some flooding. However, no one expected Harvey to stay and increase in viciousness during landfall.
With the onslaught of historic rain falls and wind gusts, America’s eyes have all fallen on southern Texas, and mainly, the Houston area.
Streets are filled to the brim, houses and offices are full of flood water, and cars are stalled on streets and overrun by the rushing waves.
A lot of footage has come out of this hurricane. With the unexpected length and record downpours on Houston, many families have had to obtain rescue help from neighbors and law enforcement, as their homes have been completely flooded.
But this latest footage of a dramatic rescue will send chills down your spine and prayers of thanksgiving lifted up to heaven.
A truck driver was stuck inside his semi-trailer in the midst of the flooding. As a reporter was giving live updates on an overpass, she noticed the truck’s lights were on inside of the cabin. In a moment of Providence, she found a sheriff’s crew with a rescue boat. After her encouragement, they were able to get to the truck in time to save the driver before the entire semi was covered in water.
From Business Insider:
A Houston news crew captured the dramatic rescue of a truck driver stranded on a flooded road Sunday.
As Hurricane Harvey pummeled Houston with several feet of rain, reporter Brandi Smith and photographer Mario Sandoval of CBS affiliate KHOU were broadcasting live from the city’s northern beltway. At one point, Sandoval noticed a semitrailer truck on a feeder road getting submerged in water with the driver still inside.
“The lights are going on this truck and the windshield wipers are going and as we get a little closer, it does look like there is someone inside. There is movement inside of this truck,” Smith said to the camera.
Smith quickly flagged down a Harris County sheriff’s department vehicle that happened to have a boat in tow.
“Are you guys headed down to the truck right here?” Smith said. “There is a truck driver stuck here in about 10 feet of water.”
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Minutes later, the two sheriff’s deputies appeared in the boat on the feeder road below. They maneuvered to the driver’s passenger side — halfway underwater at that point — and pulled the driver out the window and onto the boat.
“I’m sure he’s very wet, very cold, very frightened,” Smith said. “I am terrified for him, so I can’t imagine the level of fear he has here.”
By the time of the rescue, the pair had been knocked off the air. However, Smith later uploaded the footage to Facebook.
One of the deputies told Smith that the location of the rescue was near where a truck driver died in similar flooding last year.
After the rescue, Smith approached the driver and gave him a hug.
“Sir, thank God you’re OK,” she said.
You can watch the full video here:
As many of you know, KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding. That meant my photographer Mario and I were the only ones left on air for … well … I don't even know how long. The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff's Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab. I've had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video. (We kept going and rolling until the camera's battery died, not knowing we'd been knocked off the air.) They pull him out around the 4:40 mark. THANK GOD for that crew.
Posted by Brandi Smith KHOU on Sunday, August 27, 2017
The story ends sweetly as the young reporter confirmed that the truck driver was ok, and she offered a hug of support.
What a beautiful story of the American spirit – understanding someone needs help, finding the authorities to ensure a safe rescue, and then bringing the victim safely out of harm’s way and into a warm hug of support.
Source: Business Insider