A Houston mother was reunited with her 8-month-old child after being separated due to the dangerous Houston floods resulting from Hurricane Harvey, WUSA 9 reports.
Da’Jauh Hennix was escaping her mother’s east Houston home in floodwaters up to her neck when she became separated from her daughter Paige, who she was holding above her head.
“I was crying I was scared,” Hennix said Wednesday, two days following the ordeal.
Hennix and her daughter were spotted by Cpl. Reed Clark of the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 2. He was piloting a personal watercraft on the same street.
“I heard people screaming ‘Baby!’” Clark said. “She was holding the baby up and then the water would come up and you could see her neck and her head come under the water and she was trying to get to higher ground.”
Clark grabbed Paige from the seat of the watercraft.
“He was like, she’s going to be in a black truck at the front. I’m like that’s fine,” Hennix recounted.
The problem was that there were many black trucks, according to Hennix.
She searched for her daughter, but ended up separated from her and at a shelter.
“I was panicking, I was crying. My mom, she was scared and crying as well,” Hennxi said.
Desperate to find Paige, Hennix and her family took to Facebook. At the same time, Cpl. Clark was posting an image of his own with Paige in hopes of finding her mom.
Soon after, mother and daughter were reunited.
“She had a new blanket, she was dry, she was fed. When we got her she was sleeping,” Hennix said.
Clark offered to buy Hennix dinner and the two plan to have an official reunion once things settle down in the city.
“She is the perfect example of a great mother,” Clark said. “She didn’t say help me one bit, she handed her baby over and said, ‘Help my baby, get my baby out of here.’”