Houston Restaurant Sends Rescue Boat for Flood Victims
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There have been a lot of stories about people being rescued from flooded homes in and around Houston, Texas.
Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States. The area has received over 120 centimeters of rain in just a few days. Many Houston neighborhoods are flooded.
Many people decided to wait out Hurricane Harvey when it first hit southeast Texas on Friday. But after so much rain, they found the water had entered their homes and they needed to leave.
That is what happened on Monday to J.C. Spencer and his wife Karen, who live in north Houston.
"We had to get out of there," J.C. Spencer told the television show Good Morning America.
With local police and fire department crews overwhelmed with life-saving efforts, some Houston residents had trouble getting help.
Some people said telephone calls to 9-1-1, the number U.S. residents call when they are in danger, were going unanswered.
The Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that some Houston residents calling 9-1-1 found out their call would not be answered for over two hours.
So many residents turned to social media websites like Twitter and Facebook and posted messages asking for help.
The Spencers had another idea. They called a restaurant where they often had dinner.
The restaurant is Chick-fil-A, an eatery known for both its chicken sandwiches and friendly workers.
When the Spencers explained their problem, the store's manager sent her husband to their house on a boat.
J.C. Spencer said the phone call went like this: "I called Chick-fil-A, now that sounds kind of funny," he said. "I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat."
The Spencers loaded their belongings onto the boat, but there was not enough room for them to get in. Next thing they knew, two more people riding Jet Skis arrived to help. A Jet Ski travels on water like a small boat, but moves fast, like a motorcycle.
The Spencers got on the Jet Skis and were taken to a safe place. They said they were "grateful" for the help.
A number of people reacted to the story on Twitter. One wrote: "don't forget to give that manager a raise!"
Another called it "the best story of the day."
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1."We had to get out of there," J.C. Spencer told the television show Good Morning America.
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I was screaming at them to get out of my house.
I could hardly wait to get out of there.
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斯宾塞一家把随身物品放在水上摩托车上后发现没有多余的地方供他们乘坐 。后来他才知道，还有两三个人驾驶着水上摩托车过来帮忙 。水上摩托车能够像小型船只一样在水上行驶，但是速度更快，像摩托车一样 。
斯宾塞夫妇乘坐水上摩托车后被送往安全地带 。他们对大家的援助深表“感激” 。