Giant tree topples over during Beta's rainfall and lands on single mom's only car

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Mom loses only means of transportation during Beta
She's caring for two children and this was her only way around the city. Hear her heartbreaking story in the video above.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Several residents in southeast Houston are left without cars in the midst of Tropical Depression Beta after a giant tree fell onto their vehicles in an apartment complex parking lot in southeast Houston.

It happened near the Gulf Freeway and Wayside Drive early Tuesday as Tropical Depression Beta passed through and soaked many parts of the Houston area.

An ABC13 viewer captured two videos shortly after the dead tree fell and slammed into several cars. Hit play as you follow her through the area from her point of view.

According to an ABC13 viewer, the tree smashed four cars, including a Saturn that is vital to a mother and her family.

"I'm a single mother of two and this is actually my only vehicle," said the mother when she spoke with ABC13's Miya Shay as workers cleaned up the mess. "I don't know what I'm going to. There's nothing much I can do."

How were crews handling the massive mess? ABC13's Miya Shay was at the scene as they worked and explains.

There were no injuries reported. At around 4 p.m., a crew of about seven workers were seen cutting the tree apart to get it off the vehicles.

Here's how Houston looks after hours of downpours

From flooded backyards to overflowing bayous, here's what the Houston area looks like after hours of nonstop rain from Beta.