A teenager got electrocuted then drowned while he tried to move his horse during a flood.
Hunter Morison, 19, died on Thursday in the ‘catastrophic’ floodwaters in Texas as Tropical Depression Imelda caused such severe flooding that the governor declared a State of Emergency.
Not many details have been revealed about the incident, but a family member posted a tribute on Facebook that said: ‘Right now my family and I are going through one of the most horrific times in our lives with losing hunter.’
‘Thank you for all the kind words and phone calls I have received over the past 8 hrs but I do want to clarify something…he wasn’t “saving” people.’
‘He was trying to move his horse, got electrocuted, and drowned. I wanted to make that known,’ the post continued.
Another man was also killed by the storm that flooded southeast Texas, according to Click 2 Houston.
In Harris County, authorities say they pulled a man from a van that was completely submerged in floodwaters. His identity has not yet been released.
First responders have reportedly rescued more than 1,000 people in the Houston area in the wake of the storm.
Many roads have been closed, a well as one hospital. Governor Greg Abbott said the storm ‘has caused widespread and severe property damage and threatens loss of life.’
‘The State of Texas is working closely with local officials and emergency personnel to provide the resources they need to keep Texans safe from Tropical Storm Imelda,’ Abbott continued.
‘I thank our first responders who are acting swiftly to help the communities that are facing this severe weather event. I urge all those in the path of this storm to take the necessary precautions and heed all warnings from local officials.’