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Houston rescuers scramble to reach stricken residents amid tragic reports

Christy Curtis | 30 August, 2017, 01:22

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has a message for survivors of Hurricane Harvey who are sill waiting to be rescued: "hunker down, hold tight". Perez left for work in the dark about 4 a.m. Sunday and "spent about 2½ hours driving around trying to get to his station", Acevedo said. However, the flooding in the search area was too severe and the search was delayed until Tuesday, when at around 8 a.m., rescuers recovered Perez's body. "Don't come to Houston because you're going to be caught", Acevedo said.

"I look forward to taking this man and giving him the honors that he and his family so graciously deserve", Acevedo said. "Even though we had a high probability he was gone, we always held on to hope", the chief said, adding that he told Perez' wife that they were still looking for him and checking hospitals.

He drove into an underpass and drowned in floodwater. The fallen officer's family told him not to go, and he told them, "I have work to do". Perez served on the force for 34 years and was now assigned to the traffic enforcement division.

The fallen officer leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

Sergeant Perez was a 34-year veteran of the Houston Police Department.

Police warned looters Monday to stay away from flood-hit Houston, after four would-be thieves were arrested since the city was hit by Hurricane Harvey.

"When you have faith, there's hope", Acevedo said.

A National Weather Service official says the peak flooding from the Houston-area storm is expected to max out Wednesday and Thursday, but said the floods will be slow to recede and that catastrophic flooding will persist.

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