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Heartwarming stories emerge as Texas residents look to save Houston

Posted August 30

Jannett Martinez holds her cat Gigi as she rides a boat out of her neighborhood which was inundated after water was released from nearby Addicks Reservoir when it reached capacity due to Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Some Houston residents have decided to go it alone.

BuzzFeed reported on Monday that several Houston residents have decided to take life-rescuing efforts into their own hands as they wait for help from the government and law enforcement officials in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Late last week, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on southeastern Texas, barreling right into Corpus Christi and now Houston. As the storm dropped to a tropical storm, heavy rains and massive flooding have engulfed the city, leaving thousands in need of rescue.

According to BuzzFeed, some residents feel that rescue may never come.

"I feel like we've been forgotten," resident Sherena Edmonson told BuzzFeed.

Rescuers are working to save those in Texas, according to ABC News. More than 56,000 911 calls have been placed so far, which has soaked up a lot of rescuer’s time and effort.

Some Texans have taken matters into their own hands, looking to rescue those who are in need to salvation on their own.

For example, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera randomly found a man who was readying his own boat, which floated on top of the Houston flood waters.

"What are you going to do?" Lavandera asked the man.

The man replied, "Go try to save some lives."

Later, Lavandera caught up with flood rescuer Austin Seth, who is using his boat to help save stranded people, The Week reported. Seth, who already saved a bunch of people, worked with CNN reporters to help an elderly woman and her elderly parents out of their home.

Meanwhile, Brandi Smith, a reporter for the CBS Houston affiliate KHOU, helped save a truck driver's life while on air. She flagged down a rescue boat after she noticed the driver was caught in his truck under 10 feet of water.

The Jackson brothers are also using their small boat to rescue their neighbors, making “dozens of runs, each time carrying entire families,” according to ABC News.

The Jackson brothers helped rescue residents who were trapped on the second story of a flooded building, too.

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