A video showing a Houston man diving after a fish in his home has gone viral.
Viviana Saldana filmed her father hunting after the fish after water flooded their home on Aug. 26.
“It started with only water coming in through the garage to then coming in through any opening,” Saldana told Circa.
Her father, Saul Saldana, decided to make the best of a bad situation by going after a fish that had come in with the water.
In the videos he can be seen diving dramatically several times in an attempt to catch the fish with his hands, which repeatedly got away.
Eventually he caught it.
“Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?” Vivian Saldana said.
The video quickly went viral, gathering 24 million views.
Saldana’s family is safe from the flood.
“We were staying on the second floor and thankfully the water had not gotten any higher than knee deep,” Saldana said.
Houston is facing already historic flooding that could worsen in the coming days as Tropical Storm Harvey dumps more rain on the city, swelling rivers to record levels and forcing federal engineers on Monday to release water from area reservoirs in hopes of controlling the rushing currents.
Harvey was the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, about 220 miles south of Houston, and has killed at least two people. It has since lingered around the Gulf Coast, where it is forecast to remain for several more days, drenching parts of the region with a year’s worth of rain in the span of a week.
Rains have submerged cars and turned freeways into rivers, with more flooding expected when the storm shifts back in the direction of Houston. Harvey’s center was 90 miles southwest of Houston on Monday morning and forecast to arc slowly toward the city through Wednesday, with the worst floods expected later that day and on Thursday.
Schools, airports and office buildings in the nation’s fourth largest city were shut on Monday as chest-high water filled some neighborhoods in the low-lying city that is home to about 2.3 million people.
The metropolitan area, home to 6.8 million people, also is the nation’s refining and petrochemical hub, which has been crippled by the storm. Numerous refiners shut operations, likely for weeks.
Torrential rain also hit areas more than 150 miles away, swelling rivers upstream and causing a surge that was heading toward the Houston area, where numerous rivers and streams already have been breached. Some areas have already seen as much as 30 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
By the end of the week in some Texas coastal areas the total precipitation could reach 50 inches.
Harvey is expected to produce an additional 15 to 25 inches of rain through Friday in the upper Texas coast and into southwestern Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said.
Reuters contributed to this report.