Houston police officer, part of Harvey response, drowns in car, report says

A Houston police officer reportedly drowned in his patrol car after floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey trapped him in his vehicle.

Three officials from the police department told the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday the officer was heading to work Sunday morning when he got trapped in his vehicle. 

“He was trying different routes, and took a wrong turn,” one unidentified high-ranking official said. 

The department has not formally notified the family, the newspaper said. 

The officer’s death brought the death toll to 15 people killed since the storm made landfall on Friday. A family of six drowned Sunday afternoon while trying to escape floodwaters. 

Harvey produced a record 49 inches of rain since it made landfall in Texas on Friday, the National Weather Service announced on Tuesday. 

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