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Gulf Coast Ducks rescue dialysis patients stranded in Houston

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The Gulf Coast Ducks left on Tuesday from Mobile. Photo: Gulf Coast Ducks Facebook. The Gulf Coast Ducks left on Tuesday from Mobile. Photo: Gulf Coast Ducks Facebook.
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Search and rescue efforts continue throughout parts of Texas. Even some of our local heroes are stepping in. "Gulf Coast Ducks" have been in Houston rescuing dialysis patients who can't get to treatment. 

Half boat, half vehicle; what we along the Gulf Coast know as the ducks that take us into Mobile Bay, instead are splashing into flood waters to rescue dozens of dialysis patients stranded in Houston. 

From a video taken by CNBC reporter, Contessa Brewer aboard the duck, you can see how high the waters still are in some North Houston neighborhoods, almost a week after the storm. The water was ten feet high in some places. 

Three duck boats are there from Mobile, doing what only ducks can, going in and out of the flooded streets to get to dialysis patients who haven't had treatment in days.

"For a normal car to get the 15 miles that we had to travel this morning, it would have taken about 3 hours, but because we're on the top we were able to go through the flooded waters," said owner Scott Tindle, who Facetimed FOX10 News from outside Houston.

Tindle says he never expected to see so much water. 

"You can see the city streets, you see the street signs, but you're above the street signs. You know there's a median over there because you can see the 30 foot tree in the middle of it but you're at the top of the three so that can be a little harrowing, and it's a little unnerving." 

Tindle took a picture of emergency vehicles who couldn't get where the ducks could.

"We had a guy who lived in the neighborhood, that was there as it was flooding, and he was able to navigate us, we basically had a local navigator on board. He said there's an F-250 underwater on this right hand lane you need to cross the median, go over to the left hand lane, we'd go 100 yards...so really having him on board made a tremendous difference today as we tried to navigate through the neighborhood."

In the video you couldn't see the rescue but they did get the patient out. The goal is to stay two weeks but it could be longer. 

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