Leidys Shull resorted to posting photos as the flood waters were rising on Twitter. She called 911 but was forwarded from one place to the next with long waits that yielded nothing.
“I called 911 and they sent me to the fire department and it was a long time and they told me that I had to be on the waiting list and to wait, since yesterday,” Shull told CNN. “Today, it’s about one o’clock and nobody has come yet.”
The first floor of her home has been completely submerged and she was with 11 friends and family on the second floor of her house with seven adults and four children all of whom are under six-years-old. She said that the waters continue to rise.
“Our goal is to try and get out of here today,” she explained, while a baby can be heard crying. “Because now it is very cold, the water is cold. It’s so deep that we cannot swim. You know, we could lose our life trying to get out of this area.”
She said that she could see her neighbors trying to make it through the water and trying to help each other, but no first responders have been able to make it. The group has a little bit of food and water for now but she fears they won’t have any tomorrow, so they haven’t had lunch yet today.
“We’re worried for our lives,” she said sobbing on the phone. “All the neighborhood is trapped inside their houses.”
She went on to say that city officials and emergency crews are instructing her to stay inside and shelter in place, but the fear continues to rise along with the water creeping up the stairs of her family home.
Shull began crying explaining the dire situation and begging for help. CNN had her repeat her address live on air hoping that individuals helping might hear the need and rescue them. For anyone who might be willing to rescue Shull as well as her neighbors please find 21931 Westfields Ridge Drive in Houston.
Following the interview with Shull, CNN spoke with Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) asking why first responders haven’t been able to reach her in the last 24 hours. He couldn’t answer. With so many millions of people in the city, and so few first responders, the city was quickly overwhelmed.
The Harris County Sheriff is asking that residents seeking rescue hang a sheet, towel or article of clothing out to indicate they need help. Many addresses have been obscured by the flood waters:
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) August 28, 2017
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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’
Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.
In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Trump star vandal arrested for Marilyn statue theft in Hollywood
A man convicted of vandalizing President Donald Trump's sidewalk star in Hollywood last summer has been arrested for stealing a statue of Marilyn Monroe from a nearby monument.
Austin Clay, 25, was identified by police from video surveillance footage.
Having discovered that he was on parole after a conviction for damaging Trump's star on the famous Hollywood "Walk of Fame," investigators searched his home Friday.
According to local media reports, they found evidence linking him to the theft of the statue.
The statue itself -- showing Monroe in her famous flying skirt pose from "The Seven Year Itch" (1955) -- has not been found.
How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump
There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.
When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.