Video captures Houston reporter rescuing man from flood waters on live TV

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HOUSTON — During historic flooding in Houston, a reporter rescued a man trying to leave his car in the high waters Monday.

In the video, which has gone viral on KTRK-TV’s Facebook page, you can a man crawling out of his vehicle and into the flooding on Studemont Street.

Reporter Steve Champion saw what was happening during his live shot, and trudged through the waters to get to him.

Moments after the man left the car, the video shows his car sinking completely into the water.

Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of schools and city offices.

The National Weather Service says the Houston area received up to 16 inches of rain in 24 hours. In some places, rain fell at a rate of three to four inches per hour.

Public transit is suspended and most schools in and around the Houston area are closed Monday.

City offices are also closed, and the Mayor of Houston is encouraging people to stay home and avoid high water areas.