The Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said it took a cooperative effort by its office, the fire departments from Porter and East Montgomery County, and other local law enforcement agencies and county offices to be prepared for Hurricane Harvey.
East Montgomery County had its first-ever Emergency Operations Center that was housed in the East Montgomery County Fire Department's Station 153, the Constable's Office said. Most local law enforcement and east county government agencies had members of their staff present in the center.
Constable Kenneth Hayden activated the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable Swift Water Rescue Team at 2 a.m. Aug. 27. The Constable's Office said members of the rescue team began to assemble and prepare.
The rescue team utilized a fleet of high water rescue vehicles, an inflatable rescue boat, a wave runner and an air boat during the rescues, all the while working alongside the Fire Department rescue teams, the Constable's Office said.
"From the time the SWRT was activated until the rescue operation was over, the deputies slept alongside the rescue equipment in cots and sleeping bags, attempting to get a few minutes of rest between rescue operations, many only able to get a few hours of sleep a day," the Constable's Office said.
The Constable's Office rescued families from inside homes, on second-story rooftops and those trapped in trees. The Constable's Office said hundreds were rescued or evacuated from the floodwaters overall.
Deputies loaded up coolers and headed into the hardest-hit areas after the waters receded to provide proactive patrols, offer a cold drink to the residents who lost so much and to reassure them that in time, everything would be OK, the Constable's Office said.
"I can't express enough how thankful we are for the food, drinks and supplies that were provided by local businesses and the community to keep the SWRT and patrol deputies on the streets and in the neighborhoods that needed us the most," Hayden said. "Our Citizen's Academy Alumni Association served in the shelters as well as other locations throughout the area. The entire community came together to not only help us help others but also helped each other."