Houston police chief to residents: 'Hunker down, hold tight'

Chief Art Acevedo said on "GMA" that safety is the first concern for his officers and he spoke of the emotional toll the storm has taken on his force.
2:28 | 08/28/17

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Transcript for Houston police chief to residents: 'Hunker down, hold tight'
We're joined by the Houston police chief art Acevedo. Thanks for joining us. I know how much you're dealing with and know you've been out there trying to rescue people trapped in those floodwaters. Give us a sense of what you're seeing and what you're dealing with. Well, I mean we're seeing really widespread flooding that we haven't seen here in a while and so far we've rescued or actually completed 2,000 rescue missions. I'm happy to report we're down to about 215, 220 folks till waiting for rescues or locations and so we've made some great progress and we just are really grateful that despite the power of this storm we haven't had more loss of life. You only have a couple hundred left to be rescued. How long is that going to take? I'm hoping that as soon as this sun comes up or daylight comes up that it's a couple hundred more rescue missions so we're hopeful that we'll be able to get that done at some time today before the sun goes down about do you have all the boats, all the vehicles you need. I think by the time this day is over, we'll be able to get it done and we're going to be able to finish these rescue missions that have been so heart wrenching for our officers. I've had officers tear up thinking about the things they've seen with these little children in the middle of the night in such fear and five feet, four, five feet of water being rescued by our police officers and it's just been a heck of a few days for us. What's your advice to people out there who may still be waiting to be rescued? Just hunker down. Hold tight. We hear you. We feel you. Believe me, but when you think about just the numbers that we've been dealing with, we have to do it safely. We want to make sure when we get you, we get you out safely and that we don't hurt you during or you get hurt during the rescue operation so we know where you're at. Know that we're coming. And this morning, sometime today everybody should be recovered. Even after the rescues, you'll be dealing with the fallout from this for day, weeks, even months. What's your biggest concern going forward. You know, the biggest concern sometimes is when people are out of their hopes and businesses and people think they can loot. We've already arrested a handful of looters but we've made it real clear to our community we're going to do whatever it takes to protect their homes, their businesses and when we will come from the outside know we'll be out in the city and we won't rest until people restore their lives. Chief, thank you for your good work. Appreciate your time this morning. Thank you, guys.

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