Texas woman, daughter rescued from high water; only child survives

by Antonio Miles August 31, 2017, 1:22
Texas woman, daughter rescued from high water; only child survives

"But it's heart-wrenching to think of her growing up without her mother".

Authorities say the child was holding to her mother and was responsive, but suffering from hypothermia. The storm made landfall for the final time around 4 a.m. Wednesday near Cameron, Louisiana. Officers pulled the child and the mother into the boat. She is in stable condition, police said.

"Rescue divers in a Zodiac boat, spotted the mother floating with the small child".

"The first responders got to the mother and child just before they went under a trestle", police officials said in the department's news release.

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.

Brad Penisson of Beaumont's fire-rescue department said the woman and her child were swept away after their vehicle got stuck in floodwater.

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Unlike many others who have been able to flee from the devastating floodwaters, police said, Sulcer and her 3-year-old daughter, who has not been publicly identified, were swept into a canal. "Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her", Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the department, told People magazine.

"First responders took turns performing CPR until they could get her to an ambulance", officials said.

A witness saw her pull into a flooded parking lot, where her vehicle became stuck, and attempt to walk away with the child before they were overcome by a nearby overflowing drainage ditch, he said.

They pulled the body and the child clinging to it out of the water as they approached a railroad trestle where the floodwater was too high for the boat to approach, the Independent reported.

The identities of the mother and daughter are being withheld until the father, who was out of town at the time of the incident, has been notified. The death toll is expected to rise significantly once floodwaters recede in the coming days and weeks.

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