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Houston grandmother rescued on a jetski from Harvey floods

This heartwarming image shows a smiling grandmother being rescued from her Houston home on the back of a jetski after it was flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

A volunteer gives up a thumbs up to the camera as he drives the elderly woman out of her front room.  

The image, widely shared on Reddit, was originally posted online next to the caption: ‘My friend’s grandmother being jet ski’d out of her living room in Houston’.

It shows the room completely submerged in waist-deep water, with a couch and a chair both floating.

The image, widely shared on Reddit, was originally posted online next to the caption: ‘My friend’s grandmother being jet ski’d out of her living room in Houston’

Underneath the image, one commenter wrote: ‘There’s something so amazing about seeing strangers and communities coming together to help one another. 

‘Through all of this s***, there are still things that can make you smile. Stay safe, y’all.’

Rescuers have been using all kinds of small boats and watercrafts to rescue people trapped in their homes.

Rescuers have been using all kinds of small boats and watercrafts to rescue people trapped in their homes

Rescuers have been using all kinds of small boats and watercrafts to rescue people trapped in their homes

Some homes have been completely submerged in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey

Some homes have been completely submerged in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey

Houston’s mayor has faced questions about his decision not to order an evacuation of the notoriously flood-prone city ahead of Harvey’s arrival, even as overflowing reservoirs led several suburbs to move people out.

Instead, Mayor Sylvester Turner remained resolute in his advice to residents – hunker down at home.

Massive flooding from Harvey forced thousands of rescues that overwhelmed emergency responders. 

The George R. Brown Convention Center nearly doubled its expected capacity of 5,000, with people seeking refuge from the waist-deep waters that had neighborhoods resembling lakes.

‘I want to say this again, because I guess it’s been missed, but you cannot evacuate 6.5 million people within two days,’ Turner said Tuesday, referring to both the city and its surrounding areas. 

An elderly woman and her granddaughter are evacuated from the Clodine district in a paddling pool

An elderly woman and her granddaughter are evacuated from the Clodine district in a paddling pool

Residents wade through floodwaters near the Addicks Reservoir on Tuesday

Residents wade through floodwaters near the Addicks Reservoir on Tuesday

The George R. Brown Convention Center nearly doubled its expected capacity of 5,000, with people seeking refuge from the waist-deep waters that had neighborhoods resembling lakes

The George R. Brown Convention Center nearly doubled its expected capacity of 5,000, with people seeking refuge from the waist-deep waters that had neighborhoods resembling lakes

‘That would be chaotic. We would be putting people in more harm’s way.’

Questions started on Friday when Texas Gov Greg Abbott suggested Houston residents get out while they could. 

At the time, Harvey was a powerful hurricane hours from landfall about 175 miles to the south near Corpus Christi. 

But the sprawling storm’s outer bands promised heavy rains for Houston, long susceptible to flooding because of its flat terrain and runaway development that has paved over water-absorbing wetlands.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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