Houston police officer drowns in Harvey flooding

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Steve Perez drowned Sunday after Hurricane Harvey struck, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said Tuesday.

Department officials told the Chronicle the officer was in his patrol auto driving to work Sunday morning when he got trapped in his patrol vehicle in high water at I-45 and the Hardy Toll Road.

The report said crews were recovering the officer's body. Words can not adequately express the sense of loss the Perez family and their extended Houston Police family are experiencing.

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

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On Sunday at around 4 a.m., Sgt. Steve Perez left his home amid torrential rains, Acevedo said.

Mayor Sylvester Turner said Tuesday afternoon that every city employee is giving "extra effort". He said officers kept watch over the area overnight.

"He drove into an underpass that's about 16 1/2 feet, drove into the water and, he died in a flood", Acevedo said.

The 60-year-old officer's wife had asked him not to go to work, but Acevedo said he went anyway.

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The 34-year department veteran's body was recovered from his auto early Tuesday morning.

"He was trying different routes, and took a wrong turn", one unnamed official told the newspaper.

At least nine people are reported to have died, and rescuers are still trying to reach others that remain stranded.

According to the paper, the officer's death is the 15th confirmed fatality related to Harvey. It was downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm.

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