Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a curfew on Tuesday, from 12am to 5am respectively, a curfew aimed at stopping/preventing property crimes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which brought catastrophic flooding via record rainfall (52 inches in some areas) over the beleaguered city. The curfew was initially proposed to start from 10pm on Tuesday night (as per the tweet below), but the mayor said he postponed it to allow volunteers and others to continue with the search and rescue missions.
Imposing curfew from 10 pm to 5 am to stop any property crimes against evacuated homes in city limits.
— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) August 29, 2017
According to a statement from Police Chief Art Acevedo during a presser, those who disobey the curfew will be stopped, questioned, searched and eventually arrested. Following Hurricane Harvey, there have been reports of looting and it looks like Houston police is not going to tolerate looters trying to take advantage of flood victims, especially during such a devastating catastrophe. 14 armed robbers and looters have been caught by Houston police thus far amid flood emergency and those arrested will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, facing stiffer punishments than usual, due to a Texas law which permits heftier penalties for criminal acts perpetrated during a crisis:
“This is the state of Texas. We are a welcoming city, but we are not going to tolerate people victimizing others,” “People displaced or harmed in this storm are not going to be easy prey,”
Burglarizing a home during a crisis in Texas brings a penalty of 5 years to life (normally it would get you 2 to 20 years in prison).
— The Venture (@EGMNVenture) August 29, 2017
.@ArtAcevedo: If you (criminals) take advantage of people in our community, we will prosecute you to the full extent of the law.
— Houston OEM (@HoustonOEM) August 29, 2017
Houston officials quoted by Reuters reported that the city’s critical infrastructure is starting to crumble under the impact of the historic flooding in some areas of the city. A number of roads have been severely damaged by the floodwaters and one bridge already collapsed.
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) August 29, 2017
All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday, August 30th due to the weather impact accross Houston. pic.twitter.com/6V3CKSYHSy
— Port Houston (@Port_Houston) August 29, 2017