Rain from Harvey fell at two inches per hour in Beaumont, Texas.
With massive flooding, first responders had only seconds to pull a mother and her child out of the floodwaters before they were carried under a railroad trestle.
The water was reportedly so high under the bridge that the rescuers traveling by boat wouldn’t have been able to follow them.
As KFDM reports, shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Beaumont police officers spotted a woman and her small child floating in the floodwaters. According to information released by the Beaumont police department, the woman was traveling on a service road near Interstate 10 when she encountered high water. She pulled into a nearby parking lot where her car was disabled due to the flood.Scott Olson/Staff/Getty
Capt. Brad Penisson of Beaumont’s fire and rescue department told reporters a witness saw the woman exit her vehicle with her 18-month-old in an attempt to walk to safety. A flooded drainage canal next to the parking lot created a current strong enough to sweep her and her child away.
First responders caught up to the woman and her toddler half a mile downstream, where they pulled them into the boat. Officer Haley Morrow with the Beaumont police department told KFDM the mother was floating with the child on her back.
According to reports, she was unconscious when she was pulled from the water. Rescuers performed CPR until they were able to get her medical attention; a citizen helped first responders put the mother and the child into their truck to drive to an ambulance waiting nearby.
Sadly, the mother never regained consciousness. She was pronounced dead a short time later. Her daughter was responsive but suffering from hypothermia. She is reportedly in stable condition.
Beaumont officers are crediting the woman with saving her daughter’s life.
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As People reports, Beaumont Police Department Officer spokeswoman Carol Riley said the toddler was clinging to her mother when they were both found floating in the canal.
According to Riley the woman “absolutely saved the child’s life”:
“They were in the water for quite some time. When the baby was found the baby was clinging to her. The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water.
The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom” Riley adds.
The names of the 41-year-old mother and her child are not being released until family and friends have been notified. The father of the child was reportedly out of town at the time.