HOUSTON - As unrelenting rains pound Houston, Buffalo Bayou is pouring over the banks in West Houston, flooding the neighborhood nearby.

"I've been here about 15 years in this area. I've never seen the water do this," said Henry Arrilla who came out to look at the rising water Monday afternoon. "It's incredible."

Arrilla said he's hoping for a miracle; that the rain stops and water recedes before it reaches his home.

"We've got about three feet before the water starts coming into our apartment. So again, we're just really hoping that it doesn't rise any higher,'  he said. 

First responders from Nebraska have traveled to the area to help with search and rescue. Crews used FEMA boats to pull people and their pets out of their flooding homes.