Mother and daughter were rescued by two Beaumont police officers and two Beaumont Fire Rescue divers after they spotted the mother floating towards the bloated canal
A brave mother caught in Harvey’s surging floodwaters in Beaumont, Tex., on Tuesday died while trying to escape with her young daughter.
The woman and her daughter were driving south through central Beaumont,75 miles northeast of Houston near the border with Louisiana, when their vehicle got stuck in high water, according to police.
The 41-year-old woman was overwhelmed by the swamped roadway, was pulled into a flooded parking lot along Interstate 10 around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. However, the raging currents, made dangerous by the strong vicious winds, swept the mother and her 18-month-old child a half mile downstream and into a canal.
The woman then tried walking to safety with her daughter, according to witnesses.
A team of Beaumont police officers and firefighters in a rubber boat spotted the child desperately clinging to her mother and grabbed the two before they disappeared under a railroad trestle.
However the strong current swept the mother and child into a canal around half a mile from their vehicle.
Second landfall of Hurricane Harvey dumped several inches of water over Beaumont and the rest of Southeast Texas, Wednesday
The first responders tried reviving her but she never regained consciousness. The toddler was reported to be suffering from hypothermia.
Surrounded by high water and unable to reach an ambulance, a good Samaritan with a truck helped bring the mother and child to the medical transport waiting for them at a nearby intersection.
The mother later died, police said. Police did not immediately identify her because the child’s father was out of town. The two were among the latest in casualties — rising to at least 18 in Harris County on Tuesday — from the tropical storm wreaking havoc with torrential rainfall along the Texas coast. Beaumont is about 75 miles east of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city.
A 64-year-old man was found dead and buried under a foot of debris in a Houston clock repair shop on Tuesday.