Firefighter Rescuing Hurricane Harvey Flood Victims Ends Up Saving Own Parents

"I've never seen this much water in my life."

By Jaime Lutz

A firefighter rescuing people who were forced out of their homes during Hurricane Harvey ended up needing to do the same for his own parents, ABC News reports.

Michael Gibson, a first responder in the Houston suburb of Pearland, Texas, had been working to rescue families for four days when he got a call from his parents.

"My parents called and said they were under water," Gibson said. "I had to get my parents."

Gibson made the rescue by boat, finding that his parent’s home was filled with water up past his knees.

"They were... saying, 'We've never had water in our house in the 36 years we've been in this neighborhood,'" Gibson said.

His family rode to another part of town, at which point Gibson drove his parents to a shelter. He then returned to work.

"Today is different," Gibson said. "I had to get my family out... then my friends who I grew up with, they called and I had to go get their parents."

"I've never seen anything like this,” Gibson added. "This is epic, I've never seen this much water in my life."

At least 38 people have died in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, with numbers expected to grow.

At least 100,000 houses in Texas and Louisiana have also been destroyed, with 30,000 people in shelters on Thursday, nearly a week after the storm first hit last Friday.

[Image: ABC News]

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