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Beaumont, Texas woman with small child killed in Harvey related flooding

Viewer submitted photo of flooding on Labelle Road in Jefferson County. (KFDM)

A Beaumont, Texas woman carrying her small child near Interstate 10 was swept up by floodwaters and killed Tuesday afternoon in the first documented storm-related fatality in the Golden Triangle.

Beaumont police officers saw the woman and her young daughter floating about half a mile from her vehicle shortly after 3:37 p.m.

The woman, who was identified Wednesday as 41-year-old Colette Sulcer, had been traveling south on the service road when she hit high water. She pulled the vehicle into a parking lot, where it was disabled by the flooding.

The child survived, though she appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. She was last known to be in stable condition.

The Beaumont Police Department released the following information about the death.

The vehicle got stuck and the mother exited the car with the child. At some point she was swept into the canal and ended up floating about ½ mile from her vehicle. Two Beaumont Police Officers and two Beaumont Fire Rescue divers in a Zodiac boat, spotted the mother floating with the small child. The child was holding on to her mother. The first responders got to the mother and child just before they went under a trestle. Water was up to the trestle and first responders would not have been able to save the child if they had floated under it. Officers pulled the child and the mother into the boat and got them to the area of the 3700 block of Bayou . The mother was unresponsive. The child was responsive but suffering from hypothermia. First responders took turn performing CPR until they could get her to an ambulance. Water was still high so a citizen helped by allowing first responders to load the mother and daughter in his truck and brought them all to a waiting ambulance at Laurel and 23rd St. The mother died but the child is in stable condition.


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