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Heroes Save Hundreds of Lives During Imelda

21 Sep 2019, 11:15 am

Tropical Storm Imelda brought catastrophic flooding to parts of southeast Texas, trapping people in their homes and leading to many stranded in their vehicles as water continued to rise across the region.


Flash Flood Emergencies were issued for numerous counties on Thursday as water rescues were underway with rain rates coming in at between 5-7″ per hour in some locations.

Thousands of high water rescues were underway across southeast Texas, as help came from organizations all across the Lone Star State.

Texas Game Wardens and State Park Police Officers conducted hundreds of water-related rescues and evacuations with an additional 25 pets rescued.

We had an opportunity on Saturday morning to speak with one of the brave women in the hardest hit areas about what it was like saving lives during the worst of the storm.


Texas Governor, Greg Abbot issued a state of disaster due to the impacts on Imelda.

[Related Article: State of Disaster Issued for Texas]


Time will tell the final damage estimate, impact, and effects on residents that this storm will have had.


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Karissa is the Director of On-Air Operations at WeatherNation. Karissa grew up loving math and science, but really fell in love with Meteorology while attending the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. After two summers of storm chasing in the central plains, she knew that it was the career path for her. Standing in front of a thunderstorm and feeling the cool outflow knock her over was an e... Load Morexperience she will never forget. After two years at COD, she transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Karissa graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology. Her high school and college speech and meteorology professors were extremely supportive and pushed her to succeed. Before joining the WeatherNation team, she previously worked as the Morning Meteorologist at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa and at WMBD-TV in Peoria, IL. She recently was part of a National Edward R. Murrow award winning team for breaking news for their coverage of the EF-4 tornado in Washington, Illinois. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking and trying new foods. She is a self proclaimed 'TV Junkie' who can get into just about any show. She is a die hard Chicago sports fan who loves attending professional sporting events.

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