Houston Police officer drowns in flood waters from Hurricane Harvey

Houston area residents rescued

A police officer in his patrol auto reportedly drowned Sunday morning after becoming trapped in the floodwaters in Houston.

Acevedo said that Sgt. Perez left his home in the very early morning hours on Sunday, August 27 "to get to his work station".

"Unfortunately in the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove into an underpass that's around 16 and a half feet, drove into the water and he died in a flood, drowning-type event", he said.

Perez was two days shy of his 61st birthday and had been with the department for 34 years, Acevedo said. The aftermath of storms like Harvey are marked by heartbreak and, as Long said while encouraging Americans to support its victims, moving forward will be about helping Texas "find a new normal".

Acevedo said that when roll call was taken Monday morning, authorities noticed Perez was missing. "We utilized other investigative techniques to try to locate him", said Acevedo. He was driving to work downtown when high water trapped him near I-45 and Hardy Toll Road, Chron.com first reported.

The Houston Police Department announced the tragic news on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Acevedo spoke about how Perez's wife and father-in-law implored him not to go into work Sunday. At least eight people, including Perez, have been confirmed dead as a result of the storm, officials said. "I've only been here nine months and we've got, you know, 6,500 employees and I knew who Steve Perez was, because he was a sweet, gentle public servant".

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday afternoon that every city employee is giving "extra effort".

"Today, I will simply say that our hearts are saddened". "He was seeking to serve this city".

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