It always moves us to see people go out of their way to save animals in need… but it’s even more incredible when they put their own safety in danger to save them.
That was the case for one man, who was seen braving treacherous flood waters to save his pets, but never stopped going back.
Tropical Storm Imelda struck last September, landing in Texas and causing massive rainfall and heavy flooding. Jason Miles, a reporter for local TV station KHOU, posted footage of the massive flooding of one residential area:
.. Water is up to the top of a chain link fence around this home on 494 just north of Kingwood. It’s right next to White Oak Creek. Water is near the roof line on a house behind it #khou11 #htownrush #Imelda @KHOU pic.twitter.com/UCgNipuGJf— Jason Miles (@JMilesKHOU) September 19, 2019
The footage shows cars and homes halfway submerged in the water.
The whole area was evacuated… except for one man, who was caught on camera going back into his house… but for an extraordinary reason:
He was going in to save his pets.
.. We’ve watched this man make repeated trips back to his flooded home to retrieve animals. This is a baby goat, as you can hear. The water is about half-way up his home. A neighbor says they just renovated from previous flood damage #khou11 #htownrush #Imelda @KHOU pic.twitter.com/1tkgcAnZWu— Jason Miles (@JMilesKHOU) September 19, 2019
The man reportedly made multiple trips, leaving the flooded home with the animals, including one terrified goat, bringing them to safety.
The tweeted video went viral, a moment of everyday heroism in a time of tragedy. Neighbors told the reporter that the man had only just renovated his home from a previous storm.
Miles later caught up with the family, and despite everything, they were all just grateful to be together, with all the animals save and alive.
.. Wet baby, wet pets.. But this family is glad to be out of its flooded North Kingwood Forest home. Brought out by a @houstonpolice high water rescue vehicle. Poor baby was crying. But safe now #khou11 #htownrush #imelda @KHOU pic.twitter.com/MZlwyRLU77— Jason Miles (@JMilesKHOU) September 19, 2019
Animals are family, and it’s inspiring that in a moment of crisis this man didn’t think twice about racing in to save them, even if it meant putting himself in danger. What a hero!
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