Crews use dump trucks to move stranded students through floodwaters to dry land


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 1:01 AM

HOUSTON – Floodwaters trapped students at two Houston elementary schools Monday afternoon, forcing school officials to call for rescue crews.

The kids were trapped at Peck Elementary and KIPP Academy in southeast Houston after the intersection at Griggs and MLK completely flooded.

The floodwaters made the schools inaccessible to parents, so crews used several Public Works dump trucks to ferry the kids to their parents on dry land.

The operation was still going on at 6 p.m.

Officials said none of the children were in danger, and the situation was under control.

Some of the parents had been waiting for hours for word on their children.

Others who live in the neighborhood had to leave their homes when the flooding began.

"The rain started and my car is like under water," resident Ashley Lockhart said. "My house – the water is about to right here, it’s just ridiculous."

It was not clear how long it would take crews to ferry all the kids to safety.

Classes are cancelled for Tuesday, Jan.10.