Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed that police Sgt. Steve Perez has died after he became trapped in his patrol auto as he was driving to work.
“We have thousands of people who are out of their homes, in shelters, waiting for water to subside”, Turner told a press conference earlier. “I don’t want them to have to worry about someone breaking into their home or looting or doing anything of that nature while they are away”.
According to NOAA’s National Weather Hurricane Harvey, now Tropical Storm Harvey has passed the 50-inch measured single-storm rainfall record for the continental U.S. The country’s all-time tropical cyclone rainfall record was least 52 inches during tropical cyclone Hiki in Kauai, Hawaii in 1950.
But the effects of widespread flooding prompted by almost 50 inches (1.27 meters) of rainfall have overburdened search and rescue efforts.
The curfew will run from midnight to 5 a.m. for an indefinite period. The curfew exempts volunteers, those seeking shelter, first responders, and those going to and from work.
‘He was trying different routes, and took a wrong turn, ‘ one high-ranking official said, asking not to be identified. “Curfew in force only to prevent potential criminal acts”.
The storm, which dumped record levels of rain on the city causing widespread “catastrophic” flooding, has claimed up to 30 lives and left large parts of Houston underwater. Almost 9,000 residents filled shelters around the city.