When the Rains Came
Half walk, half swim was more like it. The water was neck-deep. So the Shannons swathed Andrea in plastic bunting to keep her dry, put a leash on Amadeus, the family's Old English sheepdog, and forged down the street to a neighbor's truck. Their struggle was captured by David Leeson, a Dallas Morning News photographer, and the dramatic picture above appeared on front pages across the country. "It wouldn't be fair to say we weren't scared," says Shannon. "But we were mostly afraid for our granddaughter."
Baby Andrea, though, was a trouper. "She got a little wet, but she was happy as a lark," says Shannon. "She wasn't upset at all."
Neither, it seems, are her grandparents. Until it is safe to return home, they are staying in nearby Conroe with Andrea's parents, their son Dee Christopher Shannon, 27, and his new wife, Jody, 20. "It'll be a couple more days before the water goes down," says Tannie Shannon calmly. "And then I guess we'll go back and start cleaning up the mess."
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