Houston, Texas experienced strong storms early Monday morning that brought up to 20 inches of rain leaving roads completely flooded.
Residents were warned to stay indoors, but drivers who were already out before the announcement or who underestimated the severity were left stranded and distressed as the storms hit.
Local reporter Steve Campion was out covering the intense floods when he rushed to the aid of a driver trying to swim away from his vehicle that had become submerged underwater.
Campion — live on air with his microphone still in hand— made his way over to pull the man who had escaped from his car to safety.
Footage and images from the heroic moment began circulating the Internet shortly after.
In one video clip, Campion can be heard talking to his colleagues in the studio about the incident as a fellow reporter asked, “You didn’t think twice did you?” and Campion replied, “It’s almost surreal actually standing here and thinking about what happened right now.”
According to Mashable, the Houston rains set records for the area with more than a month’s worth of rain falling in less than 24 hours. The storm also reportedly contributed to more than three feet of snow in Colorado and a series of tornadoes in the Great Plains.
Flash flood watches have been issued through Tuesday morning for Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Tyler-Longview and even as far east as Texarkana, Mashable reports.
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