As the waters rise in Houston and rescue efforts continue, stories pour onto social media about the heroic acts that are happening to save those trapped in the hurricane. We love these stories that prove crisis can bring out the very best in some people.
This video of a news reporter flagging down a boat to save a man she can see stuck in his truck is one of our favorites.
Brandi Smith, a reporter with KHOU 11 News spots a semi-truck while she's on air, and frantically gets the attention of a truck hauling a boat.
"Yes, you have stuff in your house. Yes, it probably means a lot to you .... Nothing is more valuable than your life and the lives of your family members. Those you love. Your friends."
The raw emotion, worry and suspense of this video makes it feel like we are right the in the suspense of the moment.
As many of you know, KHOU 11 News was evacuated due to flooding. That meant my photographer Mario and I were the only ones left on air for ... well ... I don't even know how long.
The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff's Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab. I've had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video. (We kept going and rolling until the camera's battery died, not knowing we'd been knocked off the air.) They pull him out around the 4:40 mark. THANK GOD for that crew.
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