Texas woman, daughter rescued from high water; only child survives

As relentless rains continued to pound Southeastern Texas, a woman tried to keep her toddler safe.

The girl was suffering from hypothermia, but her mother was unresponsive, Riley said.

As Tropical Storm Harvey travels inland toward Louisiana and continues to flood Texas, the death toll too has continued to rise.

The tragedy happened when the mother, 41, got stuck in the floods in Beaumont as she tried to flee in her auto.

It has since been reported that the child is in a stable condition.

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Safety crews on a boat saw the mother floating with her child. However, police officials said they were withholding the identities of the child and her dead 41-year-old mother until the father returns.

Her auto had stalled in floodwaters and when she grabbed her daughter and got out of the vehicle, floodwater swept them away.

But unlike many others who have been able to flee from the devastating floodwaters, police said that the mother and daughter, who have not been publicly identified, were swept into a canal.

The mother was seen trying to save her 18-month-old from a flooded parking lot when they were swept away into a ditch, a Beaumont fire-rescue official said. Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they'd floated under it.

Authorities have rescued a shivering toddler clinging to the body of her drowned mother in a rain-swollen canal in south-east Texas.

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Police spokeswoman Carol Riley told People that the mother "absolutely saved the child's life".

Riley said that Sulcer's family is devastated by her death, but "counting their blessings when they can".

First responders performed CPR until they could get her to an ambulance. A bystander helped load the mother and daughter into his truck and transported them to a waiting ambulance. "The baby also had a backpack that was helping her float on her back, and she was holding on to her mom".

A courageous mother saved her three-year-old daughter from drowning in the Texas floods - but sacrificed her own life in the process.

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