Cristina Gonzales Romualdez says she didn't expect that much water.
She's a city councillor in Tacloban, which took a direct hit from Typhoon Haiyan. She's also the wife of mayor Alfred Romualdez.
But more importantly, on the day of storm, she's a mother of two.
Gonzales Romualdez says she and her daughters swam to safety. She told Kristie Lu Stout that she prayed the entire time, and fought to keep calm for her children.
Watch the video for her dramatic account how it all happened.