Heavy rains cause problems on the roadways

July 18, 2009 8:36:14 PM PDT
The downpours Saturday night made some roads treacherous. Many filled up with water, and some drivers in southeast Houston got stuck in it. One man barely made it out, but when he did, he found himself in handcuffs. Water on the street under the Gulf Freeway at Wayside was about two feet deep. That created all kinds of problems for drivers. Many of them got stuck in the high water and needed assistance. We're told that several underpasses under I-45 were the same way Saturday night.

While all that was happening, police had to deal with a man they suspected was drinking and driving who got stuck in the water and found himself in a very dangerous situation.

"Right now, he's probably intoxicated. He was in the water, almost drowning," said an officer as he was trying to get handcuffs on the man.

The man being cuffed interjected, "No, he was not."

"A citizen was able to pull him out and he looks to be fine now," the officer continued. "We're going to get HFD out here to check him out."

"The water pushed and the guy said, 'I need help'," said good Samaritan Victor Laredo. "I don't know the guy, but said, 'Give me your hand'."

More rain is in the forecast for Sunday. Right now, it's at about a 60 percent chance of showers. Get your complete weather forecast here.

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