“There’s two cars over there, you can’t even see them.”
This tow truck driver was helping Scott McPherson get his car out of the road and to a mechanic. McPherson was one of many Houston residents who found themselves stuck after misgauging the depth of the water.
“Man, I was just trying to turn and once I made the left turn, the water was so high, the car just cut off. It wouldn’t even go anywhere, man.”
Bill: “You couldn’t see how high it was?”
“No, I couldn’t even see how high it was once I exited the freeway. But once I got in the middle, it was really high. It was up past the door.”
McPherson’s car wouldn’t start, but at least he could get to it. Spencer Roach wasn’t so lucky. He entered the intersection of Elgin and Lockwood and found himself in trouble immediately.
Bill: “That’s yours over there?”
“Yeah, the four runner. I was able to get out through the sunroof and stand on top of the car. You know, I contemplated swimming for the side, but I didn’t know if I could get out, because it’s basically like a swimming pool with no ladder. Right over here on the side. It’s all concrete and water. And then I called 911 and the dispatcher said there are manholes, and the manhole covers may have come loose and you could get sucked in so they advised me to stay with the car as long as possible.”
Cheryl Picard and Shannie Lipsie both found themselves on Elgin street waiting for the rain to stop and the water to go down. Picard waited in her car while Lipsie waited outside in the parking lot.
“Well, my car is too low. Those are all trucks moving by. They’re higher up, you know. So I have a lower car and replacing an engine is not cheap.”
“I’m waiting on a tow truck to come pull me to safety. I can’t go anywhere because my car sits so low and water is all up in my car. So I can’t go anywhere anyhow.
Bill: “How long have you been waiting?”
“I’ve been waiting about an hour, hour-and-a-half.”
Despite the delays and frustration, most people appeared to have a good attitude about the whole thing. Gabriel Barbieri found himself surrounded by high water and decided to make the most of it.
“So now what?”
“I’m just trying to get home. I’m going to go hit the bar.”
Bill: “How are you going to get there?”