Many Cars Damaged Or Lost In Flooding

After yesterday’s flash flooding, some Houstonians spent today retrieving, fixing  or cleaning up water-damaged vehicles.

car tail up in bayouThis morning there were two cars in the bayou on Martin Luther King Street near the 5 Spur. One was almost completely submerged, the other rested along the outer bank. Tammy Ho works at the animal hospital next door and saw everything that happened.

"The first car all I saw was the tail, that’s it. It was in the bayou. I saw a girl swim out of the red car and then cars came by here and pushed the silver car into the bayou and it floated over there and sunk."

"They pushed it why?"

"The waves pushed the car into the bayou."

Today the owners of the vehicles weren’t around as this tow truck driver attempted to pull the closest one to higher ground.

He eventually pulled it out of the bayou and up near the parking lot of the animal hospital. Inside workers spent the day cleaning the mess and trying to get rid of the awful smell.  

Some of them, like Ho, gathered outside watching the operator try and pull the cars out of the water.

flooded vehicleCoworker: "They rescued those two kids."

Tammy: "Oh yeah, the two kids that were in a car stuck in the water over here."

One area resident believes the flooding was made worse because of construction on a Metro Rail Line that will run down Martin Luther King. The construction basically left a foot and a half deep ditch stretching an entire block or more.

Tammy HO believes motorist may have tried to avoid the street flooding and driven right into the bayou, thinking they were driving on flat land.