RICHMOND, Texas - Richmond residents were forced to evacuate due to threatening, rising water from the Brazos River.
The Fort Bend County town southwest of Houston is part of a mandatory evacuation zone because of its proximity to the Brazos River and its creeks that are overflowing their banks.
The Grand Vista neighborhood is now only accessible by boat. One man who was helping with rescues said the water was at his chest.
First responders and people with boats who want to help have been plucking people from their homes. Several boats came in with kids on board and elderly people who were desperate for help.
“We thank God for the rescue. It was really bad,” said Ijay Igwegbe. “I don't even know what to say. I'm speechless. It’s just like a dream.”
Getting rescued is only half the battle. Once on dry ground, the question is where to go next.
By Monday afternoon, nearby Terry High School, a designated Red Cross Shelter, was beyond capacity at more than 500 people.
One woman who made it out of her flooded neighborhood fortunately found another place to stay.
“Just once we got out, it was bad,” said Eliza Rodriguez. “You see it on the boat, but I'm just glad we are out.”
Unfortunately, some people in nearby neighborhoods insist on staying. They are being told that if they do stay, they will be on their own.