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“It seems like a really bad dream,” Man dies helping stranger caught in floodwaters

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HOUSTON, Texas (KPRC) – Officials in Houston say at least five people have died following Monday’s torrential downpour that left the city under water.

One of those victims is Dennis Callihan, who died while helping a stranger stuck in high waters.

“You couldn’t ask for a better father. For something like this to happen, I feel like I’m going to wake up and be able to see him, but it’s not the case. It seems like a really bad dream,” said Michael Callihan, the victim’s son.

Michael Callihan was at the Toyota Center enjoying the game on Monday night while the entire city got pummeled by a historic storm.

His drive home was chaotic but the phone call he received from police the next morning was what changed his life.

His father, 65-year-old Dennis Callihan, was near Memorial Park during the storm and was helping a woman when he died.

“One thing I would like to say is when your phone is telling you not to go anywhere, the news people are telling you take cover, do it,” Michael said.

The medical examiner’s office says Dennis Callihan was pushing a car through the flood waters near a parking garage when he had a heart attack.

His family finds peace in knowing that he died a hero on Memorial Day, helping someone else in the storm.

Michael says he wishes that he could have been there to help his father.

“That’s probably the hardest thing for me. He was always there for me,” he said.

Two people are still missing in Houston.

In all, at least 31 people have died from the storm in Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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