Shivering toddler found clinging to drowned mother in Harvey floodwaters

Shivering toddler found clinging to drowned mother in Harvey floodwaters

Beaumont Police confirmed Wednesday that Sulcer, 41, was driving along the south bound service road of 50 IH10 N, with her young daughter when she got into high water.

Beaumont police officials said the toddler was doing well and had been reunited with family.

They managed to pull the body of Sulcer and the girl, who suffered from hypothermia, on their boat.

"Everyone in the hospital fell in love with her", Officer Carol Riley, a spokeswoman for the department, told People magazine. Mother died shortly after she arrived at the ambulance.

"Jordyn told me they were in the yucky water for quite a while", Logan said. She pulled into a Plaza 10 parking lot and escaped with the toddler, but rushing waters swept them into a canal over a half mile from the vehicle.

A police and fire-rescue team in a boat caught up to the pair half a mile downstream from Ms Sulcer's vehicle, according to Beaumont fire chief Brad Penisson.

Jordyn was eventually released into the care of family members.

The officers and divers began CPR on Sulcer.

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CBS affiliate KFDM-TV said the woman was killed while trying to carry her child to safety near Interstate 10, making it the first storm-related fatality occurring in the Golden Triangle, which is the area between the cities of Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange.

"Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it", the spokesman said.

Water was still high, so a citizen helped by allowing first responders to load the mother and daughter in his truck and brought them all to a waiting ambulance at Laurel and 23rd St.

89-year-old Agnes Stanley was found in floodwater in a home, while Travis Lynn Callihan, 45, died after leaving his vehicle in high waters.

"The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back and she was holding on to her mom".

Hurricane Harvey has killed at least 22 people and forced 200,000 from their home after the heaviest rain in United States history was dumped on Houston during the catastrophic storm.

Flash flood warnings are in place in Louisiana this morning, as Hurricane Harvey is expected to move on to its neighbour.

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