Death toll in Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding in and around Houston has reportedly gone up to 30. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking shelter in government run shelter home and seeking safety in the homes of their family and friends in towns and cities outside Houston.
A Houston Police officer, veteran of several decades, Sgt. Steve Perez drowned in flood when he went out to his duty. He couldn’t return home and two days later his body was discovered from an underpass.
There are reports that several rescue workers have gone missing in water logged Houston where at least 200000 people are being kept in government run and private shelter houses. Help hasn’t reached many areas in the town and nearby places and there are reports of panicked people trying to livestream their predicament to attract people and government agencies for rescue.
In the meantime, a woman is reportedly trying to locate her missing husband who was involved in rescue work in Texas.
The woman says that she saw her husband, Ben Vizueth, the last time on Monday when he streamed his rescue expedition to Facebook, footage that shows a freelance photographer documenting light-hearted moments in Harvey’s muddied waters northeast of Houston.
A report by KTRK-TV says that there were at least seven people other than Vizueth on board the boat when it drifted dangerously close to an electric pole. The report says that all of the people on the boat jumped into the gushing water. These people were later seen in the Facebook video near the Coolgreen corridor in Harris County.
The woman who has been identified as Perla Jaquez says that not just her husband, but her husband’s brother is also missing. “We’re just hoping that they’re alive and safe…They can swim but these currents are very strong right now. And the rains, it’s just getting worse for us,” says she.