Houston police officer dies in flood, chief says

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed the death of Sergeant Steve Perez on Tuesday.

The flooding was so bad that Perez' primary work location was evacuated.

A veteran police officer drowned in Houston on Sunday after he got trapped in high waters while he was on his way to work. The aftermath of storms like Harvey are marked by heartbreak and, as Long said while encouraging Americans to support its victims, moving forward will be about helping Texas "find a new normal".

"Unfortunately in the darkness, Sgt. Perez drove into an underpass that's about 16.5 feet, drove into the water and he died in a flood, in a drowning-type event", Acevedo said.

On Monday evening, the search area was narrowed and a dive team was called in along with the Cajun Navy volunteer search and rescue force. He said officers kept watch over the area overnight. A dive team eventually recovered his body on Tuesday morning.

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo told The Associated Press that he had no information on the reported drowning, but he told the wire service that he is "really anxious about how many bodies we're going to find" from Harvey's devastating flooding. Perez served on the force for 34 years and was now assigned to the traffic enforcement division.

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Sgt. Perez' wife told Chief Acevedo that she and his father-in-law both asked him not to go to work that morning.

Police notified Perez's family at the sergeant's home, Acevedo said.

Acevedo described Perez as a "sweet, public servant" and a man of faith.

Chief Arcevedo said he was "heartened" by the fact he soon realize of the Perez family that this was a "family of faith, faith in God, there's hope in eternal life".

Perez' death brought the death toll from Tropical Storm Harvey to 15. His body was recovered Tuesday said Police Chief Art Acevedo during a press conference.

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