Police Officer Who Died in Houston Floods Is Identified

August 29, 2017 Updated: August 29, 2017

An 11th death was reported on Tuesday – Houston Police Sergeant Steve Perez, 60, a 34-year veteran of the force whose body was found after apparently drowning while attempting to get to work on Sunday, Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters.

Acevedo said Perez’ family had urged him not to leave the house because of the dangerous flooding but the officer told them, “We have work to do.”

Police Sgt. Steve Perez (HPD)
Police Sgt. Steve Perez (HPD)

 

 

Volunteer rescuers evacuate people from a flooded residential area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteer rescuers evacuate people from a flooded residential area during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Floodwaters have breached a levee south of the city of Houston, officials said Tuesday, urging residents to leave the area immediately. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Some 3,500 people have been rescued from high waters in the Houston area with police, firefighters and National Guard troops continuing to try to locate those marooned in high waters.

Large numbers of civilians also formed ad hoc rescue groups, many using boats to pluck neighbors from flooded homes.

Rescue crews sidle up to a semitruck stuck in the floodwaters in Houston, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Screenshot via Brandy Smith/KHOU/Facebook)
Rescue crews sidle up to a semitruck stuck in the floodwaters in Houston, on Aug. 27, 2017. (Screenshot via Brandy Smith/KHOU/Facebook)

Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Residents use a truck to navigate through flood waters from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. August 27, 2017. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

Gloria Stilwell, 44, who described herself as a stay-at-home mom, said she agreed with Trump’s assessment that Houstonians were well equipped to handle the storm.

“I totally agree with him. Texas can definitely handle it,” Stilwell said as she registered to volunteer at a shelter. “I’ve lived here since 1980, through plenty of  hurricanes. Texans have always banded together.”

Jesus Rodriguez rescues Gloria Garcia in Pearland, in the outskirts of Houston. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)
Jesus Rodriguez rescues Gloria Garcia in Pearland, in the outskirts of Houston. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

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(Screenshot/Twitter)