Houston police officer drowns in flooding while trying to get to work

Lester Mason
September 1, 2017

"His response was, 'I've got work to do, '" tearful Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

A Houston police officer apparently drowned in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters, while trying to get to work.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Perez was typical of all of the city employees working flood relief.

Turner tweeted that Perez told his wife "I've got work to do", when she urged him to reconsider reporting for duty.

Louisiana's governor offered Tuesday to take in Harvey victims from Texas, while Houston officials open two to three more mega-shelters to accommodate people who continue to arrive at the overflowing George R. Brown Convention Center seeking refuge from Harvey's record-breaking flooding.

"Heavy rain, dark roadways, who knows what else he saw", Acevedo said. Officials in Houston were unable to determine the extent of the tragedy caused by one of the most destructive storms in the USA history, authorities said.

Sgt. Steve Perez had been with the force for 34 years.

Acevedo also confirmed a group of suspects was arrested Monday night after robbing members of the community at gunpoint.

The search team determined his probable path and narrowed down his last location to the Hardy Toll Road in Houston, Acevedo said.

Duron said there's nothing of value left in her home and that flood waters had already reached the roof line when she and her family escaped.

"This is all the information that's coming into the mayor, and he's got to go, 'Oh my God, what am I going to do?'" said Susan Cutter, the director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of SC.

Search and rescue crews are now recovering his body.

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Officials in Harris County - which includes Houston - told BuzzFeed News that in addition to two confirmed deaths, including Perez, they "highly suspect" seven additional deaths "are related to the hurricane".

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