Tearful Houston police chief confirms officer's death in Harvey flooding

Posted August 30, 2017

Sgt. Perez was a 34-year veteran of the police department, and would have turned 60 years old on Tuesday.

Perez was a "dedicated individual that would not just show up to work", Acevedo said.

Perez's vehicle wasn't found until Monday night, The Houston Chronicle first reported. The dive team was called out, and the Cajun Navy volunteer search and rescue force was called to assist in the effort to locate Sgt. Perez. "We're going to be working with Congress in helping out the state of Texas", the President said. He was trapped on Interstate 45 and the Hardy Toll Road. Acevedo said the floodwaters remained too treacherous to attempt a recovery, but that officers kept watch over the area.

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The dive team recovered his body said Chief Acevedo as his voice trembled delivering the news to reporters.

According to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, over 160 police families have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Perez served on the force for 34 years and was now assigned to the traffic enforcement division.

When he did not arrive for regular roll call Monday, officers called his wife, who said she had not seen him since Sunday.

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Police notified Perez's family at the sergeant's home, Acevedo said. Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately.

But southeastern Texas and southwestern Louisiana still would see "relentless torrential rains", with another 6 to 12 inches of rain across the upper Texas coast through Friday as Harvey continues to move slowly east over the Gulf of Mexico maintaining tropical storm force winds of 45 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

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