The El Paso Sheriff’s Office and Police Department teams are coordinating hurricane Harvey relief efforts with the Department of Public Safety in Katy, Texas.
ABC-7 spoke with a Sheriff Deputy who explained what pushed him and his team to make the trip.
“I saw it on TV, I saw a lot of helpless people. I saw kids, and I saw our families. I saw it happening to El Paso and what I would expect if this were to happen to our community. I would want people to come together and come help us,” said Sergeant Robert Rojas.
Rojas drove from El Paso over to Katy with eight sheriff’s deputies after receiving a call calling for aid. They were ready to help those who needed it, but they weren’t ready for that hurricane flooding would look like
“As we were driving in it was overwhelming seeing the flooding, the way that it was hitting and devastating some communities. We saw some buildings that were just decimated and we don’t know how,” Rojas said.
Now in Katy the deputies are set to help the local police on the first dry night since Hurricane Harvey hit.
“The storm hits, everything kinda calms down, and then everything else starts to happen, whether it be looting and disorderly behavior, and then you still have a lot of rescues going on,” he explained.
From state police to police from around the state, Rojas said there’s one thing keeping everyone together and bringing people from hundreds of miles away.
“More than anything this is Texas, and that’s what we’re here for. We’re here from El Paso because if this happened in El Paso we know Harris County, Travis County, we know all the other counties would come to our aid, and this is our way to returning that fair to them” he said.