KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
July 14, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark
The Katy area is still mourning the tragic loss of local mom, Allison Kempe whose vehicle was found submerged in a pond after leaving Katy’s Molina’s Cantina Friday evening. While such tragic accidents are rare, a local expert shares how to get out of a flooding vehicle.
Katy experts tell how to get out of a flooding vehicle.
Local Mom Trapped in Vehicle, Drowns
Local mom of two boys, Allison Kempe (41) left Molina’s Cantina in Katy Friday evening, July 9. When she didn’t return to her Richmond home, authorities quickly alerted the public and a search began.
Search Ends on Tragedy
Concern grew when reports came in that Kempe had texted a friend saying that she drove into water and her vehicle was taking in water.
Tragically, an off-duty firefighter spotted her vehicle submerged in a section of Jones Creek, around 1,000 feet north of FM 359 in Richmond on Monday morning. Authorities confirmed that the woman in the vehicle was Allison Kempe and report her death as an “accidental drowning.”
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation and have stated that no foul play is suspected in Kempe’s tragic death.
Such Accidents are Rare but Have a Plan
"It's sad in terms of tragedy that we think of these things when such an event occurs," says Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office Lt. Ryan Skelton.
These types of accidents are rare in our area. In 16 years with Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Lt. Skelton can recall 4 to 5 times when he's been on scene for a similar accident. He was not on shift or involved with Kempe's case.
While such tragedies are rare, drivers can enter water through local ponds especially when water levels are high after significant rain fall. Drivers can also find themselves in water during flooding events from heavy rain. We are also in Hurricane season and storms have brought flooding and risk to drivers like Hurricane Harvey did in 2017.