Police officers in Beaumont, Texas, said the mother pulled her vehicle into a theater parking lot about 3:35 Tuesday afternoon. Water in the parking lot must have been deeper than she expected and the vehicle stalled, the Associated Press reported. The woman picked up her daughter and exited her vehicle when flood waters swept them away.
Two police officers and two fire-rescue divers began searching for the mother and daughter. They spotted the woman floating in the drainage canal. Her daughter clung to her for protection.
The rescue worker quickly pulled the little girl into the boat. Officials said she was responsive but suffered from hypothermia. Attempts to resuscitate the mother failed.
The firemen and police officers rushed the child to a local hospital where she is now listed in stable condition.
At least 15 people have been reported to have died in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to officials and family members.