Dramatic Video Shows Motorists Rescuing Children Trapped in Flooded Car

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A motorist rescued a baby boy from an overturned, flooded car in Myrtle Springs, Texas on Saturday April 29, 2017. Newsweek

Motorists braved rising floodwaters in Texas Saturday to rescue a toddler and baby trapped inside an overturned car.

Dramatic video footage shows passers-by desperately trying to break open the doors and windows of the submerged vehicle and pull the children from the car.

Philip Ocheltree from Myrtle Springs, a town east of Dallas, was attempting to escape the devastating floods with his children when his car skidded and overturned into a ditch.

Ocheltree struggled to get his children out of the car until passing motorists stopped and helped. The rescuers performed CPR on the children and are heard shouting "breathe, breathe" in the video.

Ocheltree said in a Facebook post Sunday that his two-year-old daughter, Addy, and his baby son, Marshal, are both in a stable condition and are recovering well in hospital.

He thanked  everyone for their support and prayers, writing “the man upstairs is hearing them loud and clear.”

Devastating floods and tornadoes killed 18 people in the Midwest and the South over the weekend. A two-year-old girl died in Tennessee after she was struck by a football goal post uprooted by the strong winds.

A seven-year-old boy was electrocuted in Mississippi after he unplugged an electric golf cart and dropped the cable into a puddle.

Meanwhile rescuers are looking for a girl and boy who were in a vehicle swept off a bridge in Hindsville, Arkansas.

Missouri and Oklahoma have declared a state of emergency following the extreme flooding.