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Watch a Nat Geo Photographer Rescue Her Mom from Houston Floods


Want to see what it’s like to flee the devastating floods in Houston, Texas, caused by Hurricane Harvey? National Geographic conflict photographer Erin Trieb helped evacuate her mom this past weekend, and she documented the experience in the 5-minute video above.

Trieb is usually based in Istanbul, Turkey, but she was back home in Texas when the hurricane struck. On August 27th, 2017, she opened up the camera app on her smartphone and began recording her journey in helping her mom, retrieving her cameras, and checking up on her sister.

The photographer and her mother had to wade through waist-deep waters just to leave the neighborhood, pulling three dogs behind them in trash cans.

“Trieb plans to continue photographing her family’s Houston neighbourhood to document how victims are coping with floods,” National Geographic writes.

“While this is my third hurricane to photograph and second one in Houston, I have never before had to turn the camera on my own family, who has experienced substantial flood damage,” Trieb writes on Facebook. “A huge thanks to my mom and sister’s family, who are all safe, for allowing me to chronicle their personal experiences – all things considered, we’re very fortunate. Thoughts go out to all those in Houston currently battling this tremendous storm.”

You can find more of Trieb’s work on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.