Footage shows devastation in Texas from Imelda
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Footage shared across social media Thursday showed major flooding and devastation in southeast Texas as then-Tropical Depression Imelda, which was later downgraded to an open wave, moved into the region.

CBS shared footage of a photographer from a local affiliate station rescuing a mother and her children after their car became stuck in floodwaters.

Highways and roads were abandoned with cars still on the road as rains slammed Texas and Louisiana.  

Chambers County, Texas, Sheriff Brian Hawthorne told ABC affiliate KTRK that the destruction from Imelda was so bad that it made Hurricane Harvey "look like a little thunderstorm,” referring to the Category 4 storm that devastated Texas and Louisiana in 2017.

The worst of the flooding from Imelda was reported north and east of Houston, including in Beaumont, Texas.

Other footage showed people trying to save local animals in the state from the floodwaters.

At least one person has died from the storm, with that person dying after moving his horse from flood waters when an electrical storm hit, NBC News reported.