Sebastian County Deputies Return from Houston Diaster Relief

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Sebastian County Deputies along with search and rescue made it back to Arkansas Thursday after helping Houston. 

On Tuesday, the team packed up their boat and headed West.

The six department members and search and rescue crew all volunteered. They said their help was more than needed, and they’re grateful they were there to aid Houston’s law enforcement.

“The devastation itself, it’s something you can’t begin to understand. Pictures do not do it justice,” said Capt. John Miller, Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office. 

Houston, and many parts of the Gulf Coast, are in state of emergency. The city needs all hands on deck to help with relief. 

“Until you actually see it first hand. I don’t think it’s realistic you can comprehend the damage,” said Miller.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office immediately planned a trip to Houston when they heard the severity of Hurricane Harvey. 

“There was not one person from law enforcement to the least privileged who was not grateful for our arrival,” said Miller.

Miller said he instantly volunteered to go on the trup because he hopes someone would do the same for his family.

“They’re human beings. They’re still citizens of this country. If we can help each other that’s what we’re going to do,” explained Miller.

Once boots were on the ground in Texas, they got to work helping out Montgomery County.

“Their swift water rescue team was in need of some assistance from personnel. Plus, we did have our boat. So we were able to go out and help them,” said Miller.

Miller said law enforcement put boats on roofs to save people. Fortunately, the Sebastian County team didn’t have to save anyone. 

“As we went through, our main mission was rescue. Second, was recovery and make sure nobody was trapped in any houses,” said Miller.

Even though the group just arrived back in Arkansas, Miller said they’d go back in a heartbeat if needed.

“The pictures that you’re seeing, even the live streams, it doesn’t show the destruction , the panic level that the storm and people have endured,” said Miller.

The SCSO will also continue to act as a donation site for supplies. Bottled water and ready to eat foods are being accepted at the sheriff’s office. They will coordinate with the Red Cross to get the supplies to people in and around Houston.

Due to popular demand, the donation site will remain open through Saturday. 

 
 

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