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A Houston TV station was forced to evacuate due to flooding

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A Houston TV station was forced to evacuate Sunday due to extreme flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey.

By 9 a.m. KHOU-TV, one of the city's local stations, said water was pouring into the station during a live broadcast.

The station was forced to move its broadcast and all other news operations to the second floor, before being evacuated.

Reporter Brandi Smith was doing a live report on a rescue operation when KHOU's signal was cut. She took to Facebook to update viewers.

"The #KHOU11 signal cut out just as Harris County Sheriff's Office crews got their rescue boat in the water to pull a semi driver out of his flooded cab," she wrote. "I've had SO many people asking if he made it out OK and I wanted to share the video."

Luckily, she said emergency responders were able to pull him out and bring him to safety.

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Blake Mathews, one of the station's meteorologists, tweeted an update from the station saying, "Water has risen a foot in 15 min. I'm one of the last in the building."

In 2001, KHOU was forced to evacuate as Tropical Storm Allison slammed the area.

The station is still off the air, but is streaming its coverage live on Facebook.

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