A local news reporter in Texas saved a man from his vehicle that was submerged in historic Houston floods on Monday April 18 2016. just before the media station was going to go on live TV.
Steve Campion was preparing to go live on breaking news coverage of the flooding across the Houston area when he saw a man drive into an area of deep water near an underpass. Campion, a reporter for KTRK, yells at the man: 'Dude, you've got to get out of the car. You've got to get out!' as the vehicle moves into deeper water.
Shortly thereafter, the man opens the passenger door and crawls out into the water as the reporter yells: 'Leave the car! Swim!'
The driver pauses for a moment, worrying about his car, but then swims toward Campion, who wades out into the waist-deep water and extends his hand.
As the car slowly sinks under water, the driver tells Campion that he's OK and that he didn't think the water was so deep.
The man, later identified only as Andy, tried to turn back to his vehicle, which by that point was almost completely submerged, and Campion said, 'You've got to leave the car'. Andy then moves to higher land beyond the lens of the camera.
Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit. The National Weather Service said the area received up to 16 inches of rain in the 24 hours through Monday morning.