Chick-fil-A employees deliver sandwiches to stranded drivers trapped in Houston flooding

Chick-fil-A chain restaurant in Middletown, DE, on July 26, 2019. (Photo: JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images)

Chick-fil-A is well known for its beloved chicken sandwiches. But now employees at at least one branch of the chain are getting attention for something way more important: helping out people in their community.

On Thursday, as Tropical Depression Imelda wreaked havoc on parts of Texas, employees at a Houston Chick-fil-A waded through waters to deliver hundreds of sandwiches to drivers stranded due to flooded highways.

Although the restaurant, located just off of Interstate 45, was closed at the time due to the storm, employees wanted to help the many drivers who were stuck in their vehicles. So, they turned to the franchise's owner and operator, Jean-Paul Alvarado, and asked if they could deliver food. Alvardo agreed.

"It's just a little gesture of love for our community and a way of giving back in a time of need," Alvarado told Business Insider. "That's what we're known for. We need to take care of our community."

Alvardo estimates that they gave away between 200 and 400 sandwiches that day.

One, KXXV reports, was given to Ryan Anthony, who was stuck on the highway. On Facebook, his sister-in-law, Caitlin Morgan, applauded the restaurant's kind gesture.

"My brother in law is stranded from the storm on the highway in Houston. Chick-fil-A employees walked through the water and delivered food to all the cars stuck on the highway," she wrote. "They may have walked on water considering its heaven on earth."

Anthony made it home safely, according to an update on Morgan's Facebook post, which reports that his wife, Candance, was able to find him and bring him home, after stopping for dinner at Chick-fil-A. His car, however, had to be left behind, along with many others.

Approximately 1,700 rescues and evacuations occurred in Harris County — including Houston — alone, according to the National Weather Service. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said authorities expected to work to clear the abandoned vehicles on the freeways overnight, after the storm dumped over 40 inches of rain, according to USA Today.

Chick-fil-A and Ryan Anthony did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.

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