A young child was rescued in Beaumont on Tuesday after she was found clinging to her unresponsive mother in the floodwaters that have devastated the southeastern Texas city, officials said.
The mother was traveling with her young daughter when their car got stuck on a service road in high water, according to the Beaumont Police Department. She escaped the car with her child but was swept into a canal and floated about a half-mile from her vehicle, police said.
First responders traveling in an inflatable boat spotted the woman floating with the small child, who was holding on to her mother. The officers got to the mother and child just before they floated under a trestle. The woman was unresponsive but her young daughter was alive though suffering from hypothermia, police said.
The mother was later pronounced dead. The child is in stable condition, according to the Beaumont Police Department, which is withholding their names at this time.
Days after Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area saw a record-shattering 26 or more inches of rainfall on Tuesday alone, unleashing treacherous torrents on the community, located some 85 miles east of Houston.
“Overnight, the areas of Beaumont and Port Arthur got hit,” FEMA Administrator Brock Long said at a press conference Wednesday morning. “While we’ve focused a lot of effort on Houston, we have to understand there are over 50 counties impacted right now.”
Harvey, now a tropical storm, made landfall again just west of Cameron, Louisiana, Wednesday at 4 a.m. local time, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The storm has led to at least 13 deaths, all in Texas, over the past four days.
A flash flood emergency for the cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur was extended until 4:30 p.m. local time Wednesday. While the threat of heavy rains has ended in Houston, the NWS said, “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding” will continue in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area for the rest of the week.
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