Meet the everyday heroes who are saving lives after Hurricane Harvey

Nick Sheridan, who drove three hours with his big rig to help rescue people, opens up about his efforts live on "GMA."
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many everyday heroes out of Houston as well. So many braving the floodwaters. They've got boat, big rigs, everyone is coming out taking care of themselves. Hand to hand as well. You see that human chain. Want to go back to rob Marciano for more on that. Hey, rob. Hey, George, and there's still doing it. We can fly our drone. It gives you a great aerial view of the expanse of the flooding here. Kerring the scope of what happened it's really remarkable job that the federal, local and state first responders did. They're professionals with high tech gear doing heroic work. As is so often the times the unsung heroes are the volunteers, everyday man that came from all over to help. These are all these boats you see here are just family boats, regular civilians that came down with their trucks. Reporter: They are everyday heroes. Traveling from near and far to help the victims of hurricane Harvey. People like kninick Sheridan who sprang into action immediately. I'd say five, maybe six feet deep. Reporter: Driving nearly 200 miles with his big rig to help rescue those stranded in the floodwaters. They'll just keeping boatloads of I'm out to the truck and load them up and we'll get them out of the area. Reporter: Nick with the help of two other truck drivers rescuing more than 1,000 people and counting. Local members of the community like realtor testifyny Frey stepping up to help to. People walking with trash bags of clothes and babies on their backs. It's really hard for everybody right now. Reporter: Fry offering up her own apartment to families who needed a place to stay. Text me if you need anything. I'm right down the street. I'm here for you guys. Thank you. Thanks. Reporter: Then there's team rubicon, a nonprofit composed of a group of military veterans. What are the risks here. Lack of information I'm worried about and lack of communication I'm worried about because water is getting ready to rise and thee people don't want to leave their hopes. Reporter: I was there had they came across a family of seven who needed help one by one brought to safety by the team. The emotion there is just palpable. I'm glad team rubicon is here to help them out. There's the water tower here in Richmond. The sun coming up. Brazos river behind it swollen and rising. Expected to come to record levels this weekend, likely flooding part of this historic town and a lot of other towns here in ft. Bend county, one of the largest counties in the country, the majority of which is under mandatory evacuation orders. That's tens of thousands of people that will be trying to get out of the way of rising floodwaters here right through this weekend and we certainly will need more help from volunteers into next week and beyond. George and Amy. It is good to see the sun out there right now and we'll join -- joined by one of the many you saw in the piece, Nick Sheridan who had the big rig and drove more than 200 miles. Thanks for joining us this morning. We heard what -- you rescued more than a thousand people. Are you going back out there today. Yeah, the rescues are still going on. A lot of the immediate threat, people that are stuck in really bad areas have gotten out but we're more on a standby. See what they need us to do but we've been working in collaboration with police, fire, military, coast guard and then our own civilian units too. Nick, it's so remarkable what you're doing. What spurred you into action? Well, I mean my whole life I've held different roles, I served for a short while in the military, I was a fire explorer in new England when I was younger. My whole life I've kind of been in that civil service role and -- but being on my own gave me the ability to just go where they needed me rather than be stationed to go direct traffic on a street corner or something like that. So I was really able to put my equipment to use here being a freelance rescuer. It's so incredible what you've been doing, Nick. We've been watching some of these rescues take place. Is there one that stands out to you? Not just this whole weekend stands out. It's been something I hope I never experience again just because hard to see but just between me and the other two truck drivers I was working with all day on Sunday and Monday, we like people have said over a thousand people between the three of us and worked together and drove through the streets in teams so that if one of us got stuck we had each other to keep moving because you can't see where the gullies are and one of the tractor trailers went into one and almost rolled over so we had -- I used the front of my truck to pull him out of the gully because you can't judge where the curbs are so it's tough. Yeah. It's clear you're a humble guy. Whatten sample you are setting. Thanks for joining us this morning. Thank you. Keep it up, Nick. Tonight a special edition of "20/20." "City underwater catastrophe in Houston" at 10:00 on ABC and tomorrow we're kicking off a special day of giving to help victims of the storm with our parent company Disney going on all day an freeform, radio disnis and all our social platforms.

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