Shivering toddler found clinging to drowned mother in Tropical Storm Harvey


A submerged vehicle after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in Houston, Texas on August 28, 2017.
Rescue teams in boats, trucks and helicopters scrambled Monday to reach hundreds of Texans marooned on flooded streets in and around the city of Houston before monster storm Harvey returns. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

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HOUSTON — Authorities found a shivering toddler clinging to her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in Southeast Texas after the woman tried to carry the child to safety from Tropical Storm Harvey’s floods.

Capt. Brad Penisson of the fire-rescue department in Beaumont said a witness saw the woman trying to carry her 18-month-old daughter to safety Tuesday afternoon when the current of a flooded drainage canal swept them away.

A police and fire-rescue team found the child alive, holding onto the floating woman.

The child is now hospitalized in stable condition.

At least 30 deaths are now blamed on Harvey.


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