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Mother drowns in Houston flooding, daughter survives

Mother drowns in Houston flooding, daughter survives

"The mother did the best she could to keep her child up over the water".

The mother was unresponsive, and the child was suffering from hypothermia. Harvey has since weakened to a tropical storm, moved back out onto the Gulf of Mexico then made landfall again.

A mother in Texas has died as she tried to get herself and her daughter to safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. She is in stable condition, police said.

Two Beaumont police officers and two fire-rescue divers in a rubber boat spotted the mother floating with the child, who was holding onto her mother. Authorities said that the mother pulled into a parking lot, got out of the vehicle and grabbed her child.

A witness reported seeing the woman try to walk to safety when the swift current of a flooded drainage canal next to the parking lot swept them both away.

Sadly, authorities found the body of the woman Wednesday, but miraculously: The toddler was clinging to her mother, alive.




The Beaumont Police Department has identified the woman as 41-year-old Colette Sulcer. "Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her", Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the department, told People magazine.

Riley said that Sulcer's family is devastated by her death, but "counting their blessings when they can".

When Sulcer and her daughter exited the vehicle, they were swept a half mile away from the auto. A bystander helped load the mother and daughter into his truck and transported them to a waiting ambulance.

First responders performed CPR until they could get her to an ambulance. They reportedly floated about half of a mile from the vehicle.

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. "When the baby was found the baby was clinging to her".

Emergency workers continued on Wednesday to rescue people as floodwaters continue to rise after six consecutive days of the tropical storm in southeast Texas.

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