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>> of course we begin with the breaking news. i wanted to show you two capias, these two beautiful children, look at them. they can't find their parents right now, they can't find their father. they're just two of the people across the flood zone in separate need of help tonight. this is "cnn tonight," i'm don lemon. two of those children separated from their father in the storm. 14-year-old jack by stewart, a senior. and his senior, 10-year-old destiny, she attends luis ran elementary school. st. mary's hospital, the children showed up seeking shelter after they were separated from their father, the father is stacey stewart.
if anyone have seen stacey stewart or know anything about this family please call 409-899-7171. again 409-899-7171. destiny stewart and jacoby stewart. they cannot find their father and we're trying to reunite them and find out where they're father is. we're going to have someone from the hospital join us, hopefully. we've been reaching out to anyone who can help these kids. so please please if you have any information contact them or us through social media and we'll try to get you in contact with the right people. right now i want to get to the ground, aren't.son coupe -- anderson cooper is live in houston. the rain has stop falling but the worst is still to come. the government says the worst is
not over, but story and story after survival. after you heard those two kids separated from their father, it's one tragedy after another. >> reporter: yes, i think a lot of people saw when it wasn't raining in houston today, people thought maybe the risk is over. there are still some areas of houston where the water is dissipating and other parts of neighborhoods where the waters have been rising. there are reservoirs where they released water. even in this area right now we're waiting for an elderly couple who called their nephew for help about an hour and a half ago. he ran over here and asked the rescuers bun me to go out and get the couple. they left about an hour or so ago, it's hard conditions in this water. the water is deep far away from the main strip. the needs are still very great
here and we're really only kind of in the beginning of this. yes, some of the water's dissipating and we're seeing fewer rescue operations going on in houston itself. but the real toll of this, don, as you well know will not be known for quite a while. i'm not talking about the monetary cost, that's obviously going to be determined later on as the recovery efforts fall into place but the human cost of this storm is still not known. i was talking to the sheriff, the head sheriff in harris county today, we were out in a boat together. he was saying until the flood water's gone you can't go back into some of these homes or make secondary checks on homes. the actual death toll is not known and it won't be until quite sometime until the water is gone and there's full accounting. i think the two kids' stories you told tonight gives you a sense for confusion on the ground. there are people missing and
can't fine their loved ones. there's not an organized system for that. i asked the sheriff today, what do you do if you're missing someone. they said you have to basically contact each shelter and try to see if the person is in that shelter. it's a difficult process and it's a long road ahead. >> anderson can you talk to us because we know there's tragedy after tragedy. one of the thing we're seeing is the spirit of the people we're encounter there. many of these rescuers are civilian rescuers. >> reporter: that's exactly right. people in the boats here right now their folks from the state meritime division, there's also civilian volunteers. i talked to a young man who bought a boat two days ago. he's not from here, he saw what's happening on television, bought a boat, brought it here and he's been out in the water trying to help people. so, you see that time and time
again. there's folks driving around in monster trucks because they're able to go into deep water and bring out large numbers of people at a time. there's so many stories of people banning together, neighbors help neighbors, also strangers helping people they don't even know. there is this sense of community that you feel on the ground. it is one of the extraordinary things i think we've seen in houston. >> anderson cooper has been covering this for us. thank you so much. i want to put up those two pictures again. these are the two children we were telling you about. these are the youngest of the hurricane victims. port author, two kids separated from their father in the storm. they showed up at the hospital seeking shelter, both port author and beaumont experiencing flooding. their father is stacey stewart. if anyone has any information on stacey stewart or know these
kids call the number on the screen 409-899-7171. we like to stay away from numbers but the toll of this, 28 people confirmed dead so far. then there are undetermined deaths that they still have not counted yet. and as anderson said, they can't go back into some of these homes because of the flooding and they fear the death toll will rise, let's hope it doesn't. in these cases we often find that it does. i want to bring out brian todd, he's in houston as well. you're out with a search and rescue boat tonight. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: well, don, a moment ago as anderson mentioned, the water is still rising. this has been one of those neighborhoods for much of the day. this is the neighborhoods west of houston, there are other neighborhoods that has had this
happen to them. this is the result of controlled release water at addicks reservoir which is not far from here. we were in these areas all day today on an airboat and on a high-water vehicle going around. these are private rescue teams as we were with the last couple of days. these were pulling people out of homes, knocking on doors to see if people wanted to be rescued. some did elect to stay. didn't, i can tell you the water behind me is shallow now, back in these neighborhoods the water was chest deep, sometimes deeper. there were these apartment buildings over here a long way away from any dry ground and the water was about chest deep. the only way you were going to get out of one of those apartment complexes is in an airboat or somebody in a private boat come back and happen to knock on your door. you could not walk out or drive
out so you were stranded there had if you elected to stay. some did but many were plucked out. in the boat i was in, my estimate we probably rescued about 20 people today including children, animals, families taken out of here on these private air boats. also don, a bit of a law enforcement situation was developing here. we were with one of the volunteers, actually a dea agents and he ventured into a street where we were heavily fooded and he noticed four teenagers going door to door knocking on doors and telling elderly and other people hey, there's a mandatory evacuation where we know there's never been a mandatory evacuation. and the dea warned those kids because he thought they were trying to kid people to leave their homes and go in and ransack them so he warned them off. >> you were in a flooded
neighborhood today brian, where water was rising even after the rain stop so people thought they were clear and they could return. >> don, they thought they had dodged a bullet. in a lot of these neighborhoods after the brunt of the storm passed they weren't too badly flooded because of the control release of water out of the reservoir and the bayou just overwhelmed this place, most of these poem were taking by complete surprise. they were telling me water started to rise in their homes about 1:00 this morning. then they had to make the decisions about what to do, it's pitch black. much of this neighborhood is just pitch black with a lot of water still left here don. >> brian todd in houston. standby. >> getting to martin savage. you were up in the u.s. helicopter all day to do
watching these registration cues, tell me what you saw. >> most of the may haveuation assets being closed today down in the beaumont and port author area, that's where the real rescue was for most of the area. we had a crew of four navy people in one, u.s. air course rescue. some of the most remarkable military action i had ever watched and all of it was to save lives. this aircraft and a lot of other ones that were flying in the air, flying at a low altitude working on tight conditions there, right there at tree top level. going into these neighborhoods and rescuesing people who had been trapped for days and still in fear as the water continue to rise down there, i have to say the way that they can handle these helicopters, and you had the rescue swimmer and the paramedic both go down there and
hoisting these families up, in most cases it was very young children and it was also parents and adults. you looked at them as they got back into the helicopter and the relief on their faces was just something i'll never forget. really remarkable. >> martin savage covering the storm in college station, texas. martin thank you so much. appreciate that. rescues still underway in the flood zone. thousands of people have been safe from their flooded homes, cars and businesses. joining me now, a man that was rescued from a rooftop, a roof of his home in port author, texas. and he stayed to help his neighbor, gayla philips join me by phone. gayla how are you doing? >> i'm doing well, sir. >> talk to me about what you went through today. >> well everybody whose seen my
facebook, i was just going through everything, same thing that everybody in port author was going through today. the disaster really going through flooded -- our homes being flooded in -- about 6 or 7 inches, and it's the whole yard, everybody's yard in the street, being covered and flooded in water. 40 inches, if not more at time. just really wanted to get out the home before things get worse, so. >> yeah, so you and your family and your dog went up to the attic, as i understand. and then what happened? >> we wen up to the attic and i got on the roof. well, actually i got on the roof before we went to the act pit -- >> and by the way, we're looking at the video this is part of your rescue, did this helicopter
save you? >> no, that helicopter didn't save me. it came down over my host and let over the coast guard. and the coast guard -- on the roof. he came down and talked to my mom told her that they had got a call about a man with a -- some sort of brain disease and i think he also had low blood pressure and something like that. and so at that time they were doing of course, priority, in which that was -- he needed help way faster than we did. we were -- you know we weren't flooded out but we needed to get out the house but this was an elderly man and he was also sick. so, the helicopter, he told us that he left and he went on and he took care of that man and after that i think he also probably took care of another elderly person, because behind my house in that area it's a lot
of elderly people, so they actually picked up about probably three or four people before hovering back over my house. and by that time my uncle pulled up in a boat in the front yard so i came off the roof and got in a boat with him. >> so all these people are they up on the roof or in the attics? >> yes, my mother was in the attic, my stepfather was still downstairs getting things ready to leave. i was upstairs on the roof of course. >> and now you're rescuing people? >> yes, sir. really that was my plan before i needed rescue. when i seen people looking in twitter and instagram that needed help, i called my uncle -- well i seen my sister make a boat that my uncle make a boat. i actually live in houston but i
was out of town, fortunately this weekend. i do music i was in california this weekend, so i didn't experience it the weekend. i came home to my hometown and out here, so yeah i -- i came home into harvey of course, and just when my uncle came i already had it in my mind that i was going to rescue people before that but it just so happened i had got with the rescue people instead of being being rescued in the helicopter -- excuse the kids in the background i'm at my family's home. i was able to rescue people instead of being rescued. really like i said that was my plan from the jump. >> guy land philips one of the good guys. thank you so much. and continue to do the best down
there and good luck to all of your family. >> all right thank you. the two children at the top of the forecast, we're getting con reports that they have been reunited with their father, or at least the father had gotten in contact or at least got in contact with their father. i'm not sure if they've been reunited but we're going to check that on. we'll take a quick break and update you on the situation. we're calling the hospital to see what's going on. they're going to join us at the top of the hour. we'll update you on this situation. if you know anything, i'm going to put that number up because you don't know in these situations when it's unfolding on the ground 409-899-7171. when we come back the latest on where the storm is going next. groups coming in to rescue people trapped in the flootd zones. one teen's amazing story. that's next.
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they went to the hospital looking for their father stacey stewart. we have an update for you, it's good news. joining us danielle perdue she's a spokeswoman from the hospital. you heard from the father. give us the good news what's happening? >> yes, thank you so much for having us tonight, we really appreciate it. i actually just as of about 20 minutes ago left the family who has been reunited this evening. >> that is great. tell us what happened. because they showed up at the hospital and how long had they been without their dad? >> sure, actually they were rescued by the coast guard earlier this morning. the children were rescued first and then the -- the father was unfortunately not able to be rescued at the time but was about three hours later rescued but boat. the children were brought to
south texas st. mary where they have been most of the day. we understood the father was looking at them for various shelters throughout the day. we've been working on our end to try to find him throughout the day. we posted their pictures on our facebook page, we shared it with our local, region and media partners and the community has really just come together to help us reunite this family tonight. >> that is amazing news. you were with the family when they reunited danielle. >> yes. >> take us there. >> when we found where the father was i actually went myself and picked him up and brought him to the hospital where the kids were waiting to be reunited. >> and what was their reaction? >> they were -- destiny was -- she rand up to his daddy and jumped into his arms and yelled daddy you're here.
jacoby's a little more soft spoken but he was very excited to see him. and he was extremely relieved. >> oh, boy. there's so many horrible horrible stories that have come out of this storm and this is just one glimmer of hope and so happy that this happened. i'm sure you could not be happier. is it just the three of them, do they have other family members around? were there other folks there? >> it's just the three of them, they do have some aunts and other friends that they are staying with tonight, but yes, we're just very proud of the way this community came together and we got so many shares and comments on our facebook page and calls into the hospital. the local news was really rea y beneficial in helping us locate where the father was so that we could get them back together. >> danielle perdue, thank you for providing that good news. if that doesn't warm your heart or bring a tear to your eye then
i don't know what will. but again those two children had been reunited with their father and you heard danielle purdue from the hospital saying when she saw her dad, destiny ran up to him and said dahdy daddy you're here and jumped into his arms. that's an amazing story. i want to bring in the mayor. what do you think of that mayor? >> that's a story that warms your heart and lets you know of the incredible thing that's happening in the midst of waiting people down. i'm blowing away by the story. >> i'm trying to keep from crying here on the air. >> don't even stop, they're tears of joy. i've had the opportunity to see and hear a lot of those type of stories for the last, you know, four or five days in the city of houston, people doing some incredible things.
people putting themselves at risk to save and benefit other people. so that's what makes us who we are, that's what makes us strong. those are the rewards and benefits that flow from travesty, devastation and storms. >> talk to us about, you know, unfortunately there are stories though that are not as happy as this family's story. what's happening tonight in houston in your city? >> well, houston has been tested, you know. a lot of rain, we -- but it was not the hurricane that came out on shore, but the rain fall as a result of the hurricane, and as a result every part of the city and the county and the surrounding county was simply saturated in rain over several days. and it didn't just come in two or 3 inches, it came in 10,
12 inches at a time and sometimes even more than that. and so, a lot of flooding throughout the city. there are a number of people in shelters and the city of houston 12, 15,000 living in shelters right now, that's in the city of houston. there are thousands of others. many are in shelters outside the city. and there are some people in the surrounding regions that have had to evacuate that are now in austin or dallas in some other cities with other relatives. some people have lost their lives. you don't want to lose any one life. and so, the count in terms of the lost life has not been great at this point and time. don't want to lose one, one is too many. but considering the magnitude of this storm, the magnitude and the list of time of number is
relatively low. a lot of homes flooded more than 30,000 units and that's probe on the conservative end. schools have been impact. schools in the houston area are not scheduled to commence until tuesday. operations did shut down for the first three or four days. we are starting, even as we do some rescues in the west part of houston and in the northeast part of houston, we are starting to turn things around. a lot of people have been under a great deal of stress. having said all of that, don, this city has been incredible. first responders, you could not have asked for better. houstonians, neighbors, rich americans stepped up like never before. the spirit of the people in shelters are people who have
lost their homes has been terrific. and so out of calamity, out of chaos, you really find out what people are made of, and this is a tough city,man. >> yeah. >> and a lot of people who ban together. >> and you know, you're right they're picking people up out of water, homes no one's asking them to do this. many of these rescues, people are helping, a lot of volunteer work there. we appreciate the spirit of the city, the people there who are jumping in and really the toughness of the people who are displaced tonight in those shelters. we see their spirit shining through. mayor of houston, texas, sylvester turner. thanks for being with us. >> thanks for having me, man. >> these two children who were just told by the hospital, i'll put their pictures up but they were just reunited about 20 minutes ago with their father.
and there they are, destiny and jacoby stewart. she jumped into her dad's arms and said daddy your here you're here. we're talking about people around the nation helping to pluck victims from this flooding in houston. take a look at members of the new york air national guard, 106 rescue wing in action. that white blanket, that's a guardsman is holding an infant being lifted to safety. they also say the brave by frightened little boy from the raging water. look at that, that's just what they do. joining me now via face time of the rescue staff argument ryan dust and senior mayor.
what was that like for you guys? >> it was -- i'm sergeant dust. definitely a great rescue -- we were -- before take off where the dads were, relatively knew fathers so it was definitely an emotional rescue going after an infant that was that small. they're referring to only as one-month old. we had another one today, another infant. >> tell us about that. >> yeah, so today we went down and we had three little ones again today, hopped in there, got them all on nice and safely from an apartment complex. especially when you have a lot of different people you want to save i felt it was the most important to get the vulnerable
out first. we always try to get the little ones, elderly, people with special medical needs out first and that's the general plan. >> yeah. you know, and we have to remember that these are the helpless folks, you get the elderly and the children. i'm not sure if you guys were able to hear moments ago, two kids were reunited with their father, they were rescued moments ago. they found their dad excited about that. when you get the families and you keep them intact and able to save these children, i'm sure that's like nothing else you're able to experience. >> it's definitely an amazing feeling, especially to stay inside and come back and help people. >> how many people you think you rescued at this point and time? >> in author alone, well over 100 at this point in the last three days. the apartment complex where --
the rest would be 200 plus out of an apartment complex. >> yeah, we've been going to -- >> hank g on guys one second. i wonder if our national sound from the video is drowning them out. continue what you were saying. >> yeah, we expected to go down there to pick up one or two people. i swam across that road because it's basically a river going into the house. all of a sudden i see a family of nine sitting on the stairwell. i asked them several times, did you say nine, they kept on saying it. i saw the two babies, i got ryan down there, we figured out a plan and luckily got everyone up safe in a bear carrier, the same one you buy at walmart. >> why do you guys do this? >> so our moto is that others
live. it's our dream, our goal it's what we strive for. our training of two years, we're striving to get out there and do for other people. >> sergeant dust why do you do it? >> exactly what he said, helping people if their greatest moment of need. when you're most vulnerable it's nice to know somebody's going to come out and help you. >> sergeant ryan dust and senior airman john. thank you for your service gentlemen. thank you so much. >> thank you. >> thank you. okay, so we're going to update you on other families throughout this broadcast, and get back to anderson if we can. when we come back the damage from harvey is set to make it one of the most expensive natural disasters in history.
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lisk. your charity franklin gram. thank you very much. i'm sure you're there and witnessing some of this and helping out. i want to get your reactions from the stories we've been sharing before i ask about what samaritan first have been doing. >> i want to say thank you for you and to cnn for using your platform to help reunite these families. and especially the story of these kids tonight. i can just imagine the fear that these kids have, being separated not knowing where their dad was. the fear in the dad not knowing where his children were. for you all to be able to help reunite them i just want to say thank you, job well done. great thank you for doing that. >> thanks so much. now talk to us about what you're doing. what is samaritan's first doing? >> right now we're working in
victoria and the rockport area. these are areas that have a lot of the initial storm damage. and what we do is we use volunteers and we have managers that go out into a community and they'll canvas a community and find homeowners that are wanting help. what we do is we take volunteers and go to that homeowner and do what they ask us to do. lots of times it's cutting trees off of a roof. it may be helping to mud out a home. if the roof is blown off we'll help to put tarps on it. once a house has been flooded, basically all you can do is help the homeowner clean out the contents of the home, and the house then dry. right now we have two locations up and running, by the end of the week, as soon as the water recedes we'll be able to get
three more sites. the only way samaritan's first really work is by using a family of volunteers and we want to be the hands and feet of the lord jesus christ in these community. we want to show love and compassion but at the same time we want to be able to help people rebuild their lives and get on with life. but in a storm like this, people have gotten mad and say is he punishing us. and i have to say no that's not it. we have storms, and lord jesus christ in the bible he went through a storm, the bible tells us in matthew chapter 8. so storms happen. we know we can get through these storms. i've been so impressed how everybody is working together. just the average people out there that have taken on the responsibility of helping their neighbor. it's incredible. you all have done such a great
job of showing this on television. >> franklin gram, samaritan's first. i understand you're going down as soon as the waters recede to help out, send some volunteers in the organization as well and we commend you. thank you sir. >> thank you. >> go to samaritan's first.org and for more ways to help those effected bihar visit go to cnn.com/impact. when we come back there are 28 confirmed deaths from harvey so far including this 21-year-old man. his mother will join me to remember his life. next. i was playing golf days ago...
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tragically, at least 28 people have lost their lives of hurricane harvey in its aftermath. one of them is andrew kerr sten. his grieving mother joe dell joins me via phone. jo dell i'm so sorry for that you are loss. >> thank you i appreciate it. >> your son andrew was a scout, a remarkable young man.
tell everyone about him. >> he always wanted to help people. he died on his way trying to help his sister because her house was flooded due to the addicks reservoir and their controlled releases. so, i think it's 2700 or something homes that were being flooded. and unfortunately, army cord engines started the flood of that area but didn't quite tell center point, the electrical people to turn off their electrical in that area. so, yesterday when he and his friend shawn were on their way trying to reach alissa's house, which is not on the edge of the subdivision, it's in the interior. and there were at least 4 feet of water in people's yards, they
were walking to alissa's house and somehow he stepped on in an area that was already had some sort of electrical charge and basically it was someone's front yard and they had a light on their mailbox, like a lamp post on their mailbox and he had had a broken ankle at one time and had, you know, pins in his ankle. he felt the charge and knew something was wrong right away and tried to shake it off and get out of there and his friend shawn, tried to help him. and le told him no, don't touch me because if you do, you know you will go too and he said i'm dying. he fell towards the larch post and they couldn't reach him to resuscitate him or anything. so, until center point came an
hour and a half later and turned off the electrical to the flooded home. >> oh, my gosh. >> it could have been anybody, don, it didn't -- you know, he just happened to be the person that it happened to. but it could have been someone's child, it could have been someone's father, it could have been a brother or sister, aunt or uncle, grandparents. people always want to help but they don't think about looking around their surroundings and saying is this really safe to go into. if i had gone with him i would have been elect cuted too, i know that. because i never would have looked and said oh those people, their lights are on or their electricity is on, and that's what happened. and so, it's a very sad thing. he did, he was a remarkable young man.
he did save his friend's live, his friend immediately he was walking back behind, he felt the current in the water but he got out of the water and ran across the street. and he, you know, he called 911 and unfortunately they can't get to them because once they know that the waters are charged or whatever the word is -- >> they can't go in there it's carrying an electrical charge. i mean an eagle scout until the end because he saved his friend, he said don't come after me because it'll happen. i got to ask you, it strikes me how strong you are to be able to do this. i can't imagine getting out of bed and being able to speak after an tragedy like this. how are you able to do this? >> i lost my other son in a tragic accident wen he was 19 back in 1993. and it was a call that never no
mother would want to get in the middle of the night. he was in an automobile accident riding with his employer. but i had alyssa and andrew at the time, 2 and 4 and i had to be a strong mom. so i had to go back and i had to be there for them. so, today when i woke up this morning i had all the visions that i went through when my son e.j. was killed and i relived it all over again today. but i just knew i had to get this out to the public, everybody we are in a horrible disaster area right here right now. and not -- you know everyone wants to help. we had so many people, the first responders, just regular people that are out there trying, weather they have a boat or can help with a big truck or what ever they can do, but, you know
you don't necessarily think about those things, you just want to help those people. and there are some horrible things that can happen if you don't look around at your surroundings and see what's going on. >> jo dell, you are an amazing woman. we're so sorry for your loss. and item going to put this information up. thank you. thank you thank you thank you. there he is, it's andrew, just shy of his 26th birthday. there's an outpouring of support from the community. a gofundme page set up to help the family with funeral expenses and there it is right there. we will be right back.
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talk about, to give your expertise in this. how should the marines be used? and do you think they should have been put into action sooner? >> whether the national guard or active troops says last friday night that we need to scale up the response and the numbers as of last friday/saturday morning we have 3,000 national guard mobilized out of a total force of 9,000. as well as what we learned from katrina was you're probably going to need a ship to come in behind the storm and we ended up deploying 20 ships in the hospital ships near katrina as well as 240 helicopters. we just wept over 100 helicopters. the deployment seems to be slow. this is a slow rolling event. but i thought we could get more
stuff in here sooner to deal with the complexity and the dynamics. people are doing fine. people are holding together but we owe them better than that because of the department of defense. as opposed to just what's in that statement. we could have got more stuff here earlier. >> the department there put out a call for help on facebook. the rescue boats welcome to assist emergency personnel. what can you tell us about the situation in port arthur? did they get the help they needed? >> we've been getting reports. it was one of them -- you can't get there from here.
because a lot of asts right here, right now in houston. and the winds just died down late this morning. went to port arthur to help them. but there's still a big job to be done here. i went out this morning with a crew where we stand and we were here for about three hours. we need a disruptive -- something google would come up with to allow the volunteers to communicate with the fire chief and sheriffs and managing assets that come in to volunteers. we got to integrate.
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again in place tonight here in houston. but we have been seeing search and rescue operations even now going on. we'll tell you about that. we're in the memorial section of houston today. much of it covered in water, even though the skies above have been clear today in houston. this would remain very much for many people crisis. and in addition to two u.s. navy warships,