HOUSTON, Texas — At least two people may have died as a result of the torrential floods that occurred Sunday night and Monday morning in the Bayou City.
Houston officials report that at least two people were found dead on Monday in flooded vehicles. It is not clear if the individuals drowned from the Houston floods or if they died from some other medical reason according to an AP report.
In the first incident, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters at a press conference held at the city’s emergency operations center that a man believed to be a Houston airport system worker was found dead in a submerged vehicle. He said there is not yet enough information to determine if the worker drowned or if there was some other cause of death. That incident occurred near an apartment complex on Imperial Valley Road near the Houston Intercontinental Airport, ABC13 reported.
In the second incident, a man was witnessed by crews monitoring high water on the roadway drove an 18 wheeler into a heavily flooded West Hardy service road. Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Sergeant Herbert Martinez said it was possible the man had some type of medical issue prior to driving into the water. Rescue workers have not yet been able to reach the driver to recover the body.
Rainfall amounts totaled between 12 and 16 inches in parts of north and northwest Houston during the overnight hours Monday morning. The rainfall brought the nation’s fourth largest city to a crawl. While at a lower rate of accumulation, rain is expected to resume Monday evening and continue on through Thursday, weather forecasts indicate.
Earlier on Monday, a Houston ABC Eyewitness News reporter, Steve Campion, rescued an elderly man who became trapped in his vehicle after driving into a flooded intersection on the city’s near west side. Campion instructed the man to get out of the sinking vehicle and swim to higher ground. He then waded into the flood waters and helped the struggling man to safety.