‘Please Help Us.’ Houston Woman Trapped On Roof Interviewed on Live TV

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Houston resident Aishia Nelson was interviewed by Good Morning America Monday while stranded on her roof due to rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Nelson said she was stuck on the roof of her apartment building with all of her children, but emergency services could not say when they would be rescued. Nearly 30 people were on the second floor roof of the building, Nelson told GMA.

“It’s not going good for us,” Nelson said over a smartphone video call. “Across the street the building is caving in, and there’s water everywhere and we have nowhere to go.”

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Rain is continuing to fall in Houston Monday even as flooding has already devastated parts of the city and surrounding area. Authorities on Monday began controlled releases of water from two inundated reservoirs, a move that could help protect downtown Houston at the cost of homes in other areas.

Towards the end of the interview, Nelson turned the camera to show the high water level and partially submerged cars throughout the street. Nelson said the group on the roof was without food or water.

“Please help us,” Nelson said. “I’m scared.”

The GMA hosts asked for Nelson’s address during the interview and said afterward that they had contacted the Coast Guard about her emergency.


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