HPD chief: I've never seen anything of this magnitude

Houston police of chief shed light on what the city of Houston is dealing with.

HOUSTON - Houston police chief, Art Acevedo said he has "never seen anything of this magnitude in his 31 years of earthquakes, floods, and riots." 

Sunday morning, Chief Acevedo shed light on the "catastrophic" flooding event impacting Houston and the surrounding areas. 

Last count, officials had assisted in over 500 rescues overnight. Many people are reportedly trapped, Chief Acevedo added.

The chief told KHOU11 that a little bit of water in your home is not a reason to call 911. He reminded residents to shelter in place and to seek higher ground. 

Rescue crews from San Antonio are making their way to Houston to help with the flooding. Despite help on the way, chief Acevedo said "this is going to go well beyond anything we've ever seen."

At this time curfews are not in place and will be discussed at a later time. "It's so dangerous that people would give themselves the death penalty," chief Acevedo expressed.

The chief of the Houston police also reminded residents to evacuate when officials come around telling them to do so. 

"It's going to be a long five or six days. We need to come together as a community.

Plenty of high profile vehicles are expected to be deployed across the city.

"We will be in a long, long recovery mode in our city," chief Acevedo added. 

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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