First responders rescue West Houston residents

Police have rescued more than 3,000 people from flooded homes in the Houston area, and good Samaritans are also helping.

HOUSTON - As unrelenting rains pound Houston, Buffalo Bayou is pouring over the banks in West Houston, flooding the neighborhood nearby.

"I've been here about 15 years in this area. I've never seen the water do this," said Henry Arrilla who came out to look at the rising water Monday afternoon. "It's incredible."

Arrilla said he's hoping for a miracle; that the rain stops and water recedes before it reaches his home.

"We've got about three feet before the water starts coming into our apartment. So again, we're just really hoping that it doesn't rise any higher,'  he said. 

First responders from Nebraska have traveled to the area to help with search and rescue. Crews used FEMA boats to pull people and their pets out of their flooding homes.

"I kind of get so anxious cause I want to help all these people out but I can't," said Liliana Jeannott who lives nearby.

But she and her husband were able to find a way. As the crews pulled families out of their homes, Jeannott gave the evacuees rides to a nearby shelter. 

Daniel Driver was out doing the same.

"It's been really terrible," said Driver. :Terrible. I mean, flooding everywhere, I wish I could do more, but whatever little bit I can help, I'm more than welcome to help."

And the people they are helping say they're grateful to have neighbors willing to face the storm to help. 

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