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Huntington native and daughter escape Harvey flood

Huntington native Suzlynn Bruton and her daughter Alexis recently moved to Houston from Atlanta so Alexis could start nursing school. Suzlynn, who spent her childhood in West Virginia, said they had just moved into a new apartment and were starting to get settled in, when disaster struck. (Bruton Family Photo)

Huntington native Suzlynn Bruton and her daughter Alexis recently moved to Houston from Atlanta so Alexis could start nursing school. Suzlynn, who spent her childhood in West Virginia, said they had just moved into a new apartment and were starting to get settled in, when disaster struck.

"We might have to relocate again now," Suzlynn Bruton said. "I just helped my daughter register for school. We moved here two months ago, and now we're dealing with this."

As the rain started to pour in Houston Suzlynn said she thought they were on high enough ground to escape the worst flooding. The two lived in a high apartment complex. Tuesday brought a new challenge when flood water started to rise quickly around their apartment complex.

"Many people ask us why didn't we leave?" Suzlynn said. "There was no evacuation order. They told us all to stay put because it was not going to be this bad. I had never been in a hurricane before. We just moved to Houston. As soon as the reservoir was let out we started to flood. We knew there was no getting out."

Suzlynn's daughter Alexis acted fast using social media to try to get help to their area. She said making calls was near impossible because so many people were calling dispatchers at the same time. She finally got a call from someone on a social media group she is apart of telling the pair, help was on the way.

"I ran up to the roof of our apartment complex," Alexis said. "I could see boats starting to rescue people. I ran back down and said 'mom we have to go. We have to go right now. This is our chance to get out.' I was afraid if the levy broke our entire apartment complex could get wiped out."

The 22-year-old daughter and hopeful nursing student started grabbing belongings and putting them into a backpack. She told her mother if they didn't get out right then, they would be trapped.

"I said grab your stuff we're taking one backpack," Alexis said. "We have to go through the water to get to the rescue teams."

The mother and daughter pair held on to each other to get through the swift moving water. They were able to flag down a boat and ride to dry land. Once they exited the boat the two were greeted by weather channel crews who interviewed them about the conditions they had seen. The interview has now been shared thousands of times.

The two made it to an emergency evacuation center where they met a family who took them in and gave them a place to stay.

"It is one thing to read about a hurricane," Suzlynn Bruton said. "It is another thing to be in it. I'm just so full of gratitude right now. This family took us in when they have their own problems to deal with. I just want to do something to give back to this family. They gave to us when they barely had anything to give."

The Bruton family said they are not sure what is next for them. They are considering moving back to West Virginia where most of their family is or possibly Tennessee. They tell Eyewitness News they are just happy they have each other to hold on to.

To help the Bruton family visit their GoFundMe page.

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