Beaumont TV station flooded by Imelda, sister station KHOU in Houston helps keep them on-air - Chron

By Danny Hermosillo, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

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Update: We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding. Photo: Ben Parsons/KBMT

    Ben Parsons @BenParsons7 Update: We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding.

    Ben Parsons @BenParsons7 Update: We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding.

    Photo: Ben Parsons/KBMT

Ben Parsons @BenParsons7 Update: We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding.

Ben Parsons @BenParsons7 Update: We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding.

Photo: Ben Parsons/KBMT

As news media struggled to keep up with reporting on the rising waters brought by tropical depression Imelda, Beaumont TV station KBMT soon found itself among the growing list of flooding casualties.

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Early Thursday morning, floodwater rose and crept into the building. KBMT reporter Ben Parsons tweeted, "We are having to end our wall-to-wall coverage on Imelda and evacuate our building due to flooding."

Shortly thereafter, staffers loaded into any vehicle available, including pick-ups, and evacuated.

"We are loading up the last evacuation group," Parsons tweeted. "Thank you so much for all of your support. We will keep you posted."

Despite having to deal with it's own damage, the TV station continued with its duty of informing the public about the inclement weather.

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On a story posted on its website, the station wrote: "We have evacuated our station due to flooding. As a result, we are not in our regular newscast. Instead, we are broadcasting the news from our sister station, KHOU 11, out of Houston. We have gone to a backup news station and will be back on the air as soon as possible. All of our employees are safe."

KHOU is no stranger to having to work through flooding. Houston's CBS affiliate lost its own building on Allen Parkway to flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Reporter Brandi Smith, who was on air-solo while KHOU staff evacuated the studios, tweeted, "KHOU11 is simulcasting for our sister station in Beaumont as its crews evacuate. It's a situation we are all too familiar with here. Our hearts are with our colleagues in Beaumont, as well as the residents there who are impacted by severe floodings."

KHOU and KBMT management were unavailable for comment. Both stations are owned by TEGNA.

Danny Hermosillo is the Digital News Editor for Chron.com | Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @Dannyherm1| Email him at [email protected]


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