HOUSTON (KXAN) — A third boat crew from Williamson County Sheriff’s Office arrived in Houston Wednesday to help with rescue efforts as the city deals with historic flooding from Harvey. Deputies have aided in more than 100 rescues.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo requested the help from the crews trained in swift water rescue. A third crew drove to Houston to relieve the first one that arrived Sunday. Its members got to work only a few hours after unloading their gear Wednesday morning.
Harriet Halkyard and her husband reached dry ground as Williamson County deputies helped her out of their swift boat.
“Thank you all. I’ll tell you what these sheriff guys are doing, the police, and the DEA, they’re all out here to help us get out and they’ve been fantastic,” said Halkyard.
They’ve been in their flooded house since the storm came. “To here — so that’s what? — three feet,” said Halkyard, pointing to her soaked waist.
Three boat crews rescued people from homes and shuttled worried Texans to get their pets.
“We’ve seen a lot. There’s been a lot of rescues going on. A lot of people displaced from their homes unfortunately,” said Williamson County Sgt. Jerod Morris.
He hadn’t spent much time in Houston, until now. Wednesday he’s patrolling the flooded streets with other members of this SWAT team.
“To try and make a difference. Try and help people out. That kind of comes with the territory of what we do working at the Sheriff’s Office. Being a community servant is part of it,” said Sgt. Morris.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody is with the newest crew. In a tweet, he thanked the Cedar Park, Georgetown and Leander police departments for covering SWAT calls so the rescue teams could help in Houston.
The latest crews also brought along the Williamson County hovercraft.
“As tragic as this experience is, I am proud to be part of this office,” Chody tweeted.
Hurricane Harvey stretched Houston resources thin as more than 50 inches of rain fell on the city. When the rain stopped Wednesday, Williamson County deputies continued to find people stranded in their homes.