Man stranded by flooding gives a hilarious TV interview from a tree

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Man Stranded by Flooding Gives TV Interview From Tree

Friday's flooding in Texas, provided us with a wonderful example of the oddities of journalism.

It's called "burying the lede." It typically happens when you're about halfway through a story and you say something that makes your viewer say, "Wait, what?"

When Kerry Packer's car got swept away by floodwaters, he sent the video he shot on his cell phone to his wife who then sent it to KVUE. The station, of course, wanted an interview.

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"The car was almost filled with water," Packer said. "I swept past a tree and I jumped out of the window and climbed up a tree, so I'm about 20 feet up a tree right now."

"Wait, you're still in the tree?" KVUE's anchor asked.

"I'm, I'm — yeah, I'm about 20 feet up a tree," Packer answered.

One of the station's reporters later Periscoped this video of a helicopter trying to locate Packer, who ended up getting rescued after more than five hours in the tree. For the record, he had called 911 before the interview.

Flooding in Austin and San Antonio is especially severe right now, and record flooding hit Texas multiple times this year. At least two people have died in the flooding.

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Man stranded by flooding gives a hilarious TV interview from a tree
A man walks through debris at a high school damaged by a tornado that touched down in the area, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Floresville, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A vehicle rests on top of a three-story hotel after a tornado touched down in the area, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Floresville, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A police officer, center, works to vacate an area damaged by flood waters Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Gruene, Texas. Storms on Friday socked an already sodden swath of Texas that was still drying out from the remnants of Hurricane Patricia, forcing evacuations and shutting down a busy 10-mile stretch of interstate. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Water and debris cover sit on a road after a swollen Guadalupe River swept over the road due to heavy rainfall, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Gruene, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Juan Carlos Valise, 1, sits in the back of a truck as supplies are retrieved from the family's business after a tornado touched down in the area, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Floresville, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Train cars lay on their side Monday, Oct. 26, 2015, after they were derailed by flood waters near Corsicana, Texas. The cleanup continues after a weekend of drenching storms that were remnants of Hurricane Patricia. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Workers survey the damage after severe weather damaged the restaurant where they work, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Floresville, Texas. A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations Friday in the same area of Central Texas that saw devastating spring floods. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 30: William Cannon Drive is closed after heavy flooding October 30, 2015 in Austin, Texas. After Hurricane Patricia's passing last week, the region was hit with more torrential rain and possible tornadoes. (Photo by Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images)
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