EPPD officer continue relief efforts in Houston

Flooding in Houston (CBS4/KFOX14)

Most of Houston is drying out after Harvey, but some parts of the city remain under water.

We were given rare access to some of those areas to show you how the El Paso Police Department has been helping this community.

“Everybody in Houston has been affected in one way or another,” said Sgt. Robert Gomez, El Paso Police Department.

Sgt. Gomez described the scene in Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated southeast Texas.

“Some people have lost everything. They have 3 feet to 6 feet of water in their entire homes. Some have lost a portion of their home. It’s widespread,” said Sgt. Gomez.

After Harvey hit, more than 30 officers from the El Paso Police Department jumped into action volunteering their own time to help.

On Friday, officers were going out on patrols, teaming up with local departments.

“We're probably averaging 14-hour days,” said Sgt. Gomez. “A lot of these officers have been affected, their own homes. So they are still at work trying to take care of their community and trying to take care of their own families.”

While we were getting a tour of the flooding, we got an update from the local officials involved in releasing water from a flooded reservoir.

“As we reduce our releases, the roadways and homes will slowly come out from underwater that are being impacted. So hopefully within the next few days, we'll be able to allow these bridges to open again and people will be allowed to get back in their homes,” said Richard Long, natural resource management specialist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Long said he is thankful that EPPD went to help.

“Our own law enforcement officers are stressed to the limit. And so having them around has made our job a whole lot easier,” Long said.

Gomez said they are glad to be there.

"We're all one big state and we have to help each other out when we can and however we can," Gomez said.

The department plans to return to El Paso on Sunday.

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