Houston police rescue 2000 people but more awaiting help

Houston police rescue 2000 people but more awaiting help”

"He was a sweet, gentle public servant", police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday at an emotional news conference. The officer's wife had urged her husband not to go to work that day because conditions were too unsafe, as did his father-in-law, Acevedo said.

The mayor said Perez drove for 2.5 hours seeking a safe route to duty.

Perez was with the Houston Police Department for 34 years.

Emergency services have received about 6,000 calls for emergencies and rescues, Acevedo said during a televised media briefing on Monday. They knew the dedicated officer would not have simply failed to show up.

The search team determined his probable path and narrowed down his last location to the Hardy Toll Road in Houston, Acevedo said. He said officers kept watch over the area overnight.

Houston police officer Steve Perez told his wife and family he had no choice but to drive through the torrential rains from Tropical Storm Harvey to get to his job, despite their worries about his safety.

The Army Corp of Engineers is releasing water from reservoirs north and west of the city to relieve pressures on two dams, he said. "Stay home, stay at work, shelter in place". "We extend to them our prayers from the entire Houston community and, quite frankly, even beyond", Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Tuesday.

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