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A human chain banded together to rescue a man from Harvey's flood waters

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Sometimes it's the worst tragedies that can bring out the best in people. For example,, a group of folks in Houston banded together to form a human chain to stop an elderly man from being swept away by Hurricane Harvey flooding.

According to CNN, Maritza Castillo and her husband were on their way to help a family member -- but they ended up saving the life of a stranger.

The couple was on Interstate-10 in Houston on Tuesday, en route to up a family member who was dealing with flooding when they got turned around because of high water.

Then, they suddenly saw a horrifying scene unfold right in front of them.

Floodwaters had picked up an elderly man's SUV and the vehicle was being sweeping it away.

"My heart started beating fast," Castillo said to CNN during a phone interview. "Somebody said, 'Let's form a chain.'"So, they did. Castillo and several other drivers from nearby vehicles linked arms and inched closer towards the submerged SUV.

The good Samaritans were eventually able to get the SUV's door open and get the man to safety.

He was taken to a local hospital and reunited with his son.

Our news partner CNN contributed to this report.

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