Colette Sulcer, a 41-year-old Texas woman, was driving in her vehicle on Tuesday with her 3-year-old daughter when, suddenly, she hit high water - the result of unprecedented flooding in Houston, Texas.
Beaumont Fire and Rescue Capt. Brad Penisson said Sulcer's vehicle got stuck Tuesday afternoon in the Plaza 10 parking lot just off Interstate 10.
In an attempt to get her daughter to safety, Sulcer and her child were swept away in the flood.
Rescuers got to the child in the nick of time, pulling her into a boat just before they would have gone under a railroad trestle where the water was so high, the boat could not have followed. When they were pulled onto the boat, rescuers found the mother unresponsive.
As the divers approached mother and daughter, they noticed that "the child was holding on to her mother", reports said.
In a region where it is hard to find a person without a harrowing story to tell, the story of Jordyn, the three-year-old who saw her mother die, moved all who heard it.
Riley, who delivered the death notification to Sulcer's family, says they are 'staying strong" but "absolutely devastated'. The child was hospitalized in stable condition.
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"First responders took turns performing CPR until they could get her to an ambulance", officials said. She pulled her vehicle into a parking lot, where it became disabled. She was treated for hypothermia but was reported to be doing well. The girl was hanging on her mother at the time.
The mother was pronounced dead shortly after they reached an ambulance. Image via Facebook.Pictured, Collette Sulcer's three year old daughter, Jordyn.
Safety crews on a boat spotted the mother floating with her child.
However, the waters were too high and powerful and swept them away.
At least 18 people have now been killed by Harvey since Friday, when it made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane.
The system continued to soak areas of eastern Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday, though waters in some areas had begun to recede and the storm was expected to weaken to a tropical depression.