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Weekly wrap-up: Houston woman describes scenes of devastation in eastern Texas after days of flooding rainfall

Houston experienced the largest flooding event in the last 15 years early this week, shutting down the city.

Eight people were killed in eastern Texas as water collected on roadways and inundated homes, businesses and apartment complexes. Greenspoint, a neighborhood in the northern part of the city, was one of the hardest-hit areas.

Cynthia Jamison woke up Monday morning in her first-floor Greenspoint apartment to an unfamiliar noise.

"I got up to go and check and see what it was and the minute I put my foot on the floor, I felt cold water," she told AccuWeather.

Water was up to her ankles. A neon sneaker floated across her room, riding the waves of the murky water as she tried to find her purse. She documented the rest of the morning's plight on Instagram as a way to make sure her family back home in Louisiana knew she was okay.

It was 6 a.m., and most people weren't awake yet. Jamison estimated only four or so others were moving around, all trying to figure out what to do next. She didn't see any city officials, workers or a landlord.

But Jamison didn't stop and think. She took off, gathering her essentials and some food, unsure of where she would end up. She went outside the complex, and spotted a man with a tow truck. Water was already up to the tires, but they decided it was the best way out.

"We tried to go as far as we could before it died," she said.

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They got out and started pushing the truck through the floodwaters, trying to avoid abandoned cars left in the street. The rain boots Jamison put on before she left her apartment were definitely not working, she said.

After some pushing and one more attempt to start the engine, they made it to a dry gas station. The man bought her a cup of hot chocolate before they parted ways.

"And I didn't even get the poor guy's name," Jamison said.

Jamison spent the next 24 hours at a friend's apartment, watching the local news to try to gather information about her neighborhood.

As the floodwaters receded on Tuesday, she made it to back to her place to survey the damage. Fortunately, she didn't lose anything she can't replace, and she was able to sleep in her own bed on Tuesday night.

Others were taken to emergency shelters across the city. More than 1,000 water rescues were performed in eastern Texas as motorists attempted to drive through flooded roadways. Tens of thousands were without power for extended periods of time as repair crews couldn't navigate through flooded areas.

With thousands of families impacted, the Texas Comptroller announced a tax-free holiday weekend for emergency supplies like batteries, phone chargers and first aid kits.

While the U.S. focused on flooding in the South Central states, weather made headlines around the world.

Tropical Cyclone Fantala became the strongest cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean, equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane at peak strength.

Intense heat maintained a firm grip on India this week. The dangerous heat wave has already claimed the lives of more than 160 people, according to the Associated Press. Temperatures soared to above 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for more than a week in New Delhi.