Transcript for Harvey continues to batter the Gulf coast
Tonight from Houston to beaumont to New Orleans. Let's get to ABC's gio Benitez outside Beaumont tonight. Reporter: Tonight Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas under water. Hammered with more rain overnight than they get in an entire year. Residents waking up to this, major freeway interstate I-10 now completely underwater. Cars completely submerged. In some places, catastrophic flood waters reaching rooftops. I'm on my roof right now. Reporter: Families in agony, waving white towels signaling for help. In the last 24 hours, the storm tragically claiming two lives here in Beaumont 41-year-old Colette Sulcer died, her three year old daughter clinging to her as both were swept away. Her little girl, miraculously, in stable condition tonight. In nearby Port Arthur, workers racing to evacuate this flooded nursing home. More than 70 elderly patients in bedrooms and hallways. Workers gathering desperately needed medical supplies and oxygen tanks. Outside, local residents with their own boats taking them to safety. A military chopper later landing on the highway to air lift some out. City officials pleading for volunteers to come with boats to help with rescues, and we were there as so many stranded Beaumont residents finally made it to dry land. How are you feeling right now? Scared. I don't know which way to go, what to do. This is in my home. Floating, floating, floating. Floating, floating, floating. Reporter: Crystal posting this on Facebook from her flooded living room. Her three children huddled together on a table. The family rescued and safe tonight. In Port Arthur, even the shelters flooding. Enough is enough. We need help. Reporter: People now piling onto bleachers trying to get to higher ground. They too are safe tonight as we met the everyday neighbors saving so many lives. You guys are really heroes right now. You are getting all of these families out of here. We're not heroes. They do a lot more than us. We're just trying to help. An incredible effort right there, and gio Benitez joins understand in the flood waters just outside of the devastated town of Beaumont. You met so many of the brave neighbors coming to help with their boats. The mayor and officials pleading for even more help now? Reporter: That's right, Tom. This is truly the citizens armada here. We're talking about everyday citizens just bringing in these boats. Take a look. You're seeing some right there. They are coming from all over the place, not just Texas. Not just Louisiana. We're talking about Nevada, Oregon, North Carolina and I can tell you right now, Tom, they are not going home any time soon.
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