COLLEGE STATION – At this time, Tropical Storm Harvey has dropped over 15 trillion gallons of water on Texas, causing a number of rivers, creeks, and reservoirs to flood at record-breaking levels.
Not only has Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search & Rescue Team (TX-TF1, US&R) activated and deployed water rescue and helicopter rescue resources, TX-TF2 and resources from nearly all 28 FEMA US&R teams have been activated to support operations across the state. Texas Military Department has also activated State Guard members and has deployed a large number of helicopters and High-Profile Vehicles.
TX-TF1 and TX-TF2 US&R teams were engaged in supporting countless rescues and evacuations in Southeast Houston, where record flooding displaced people and pets from homes. In the Harris Country area, six US&R task forces, 15 TX-TF1 Water Rescue Squads, and 10 TX-TF1 Helicopter Search and Rescue (SAR) Technicians have responded. As weather events occur along the Texas coast, TX-TF1 will assess and move resources to support jurisdictions requiring assistance.
About Texas Task Force 1
TX-TF 1 is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and has deployed over 100 times since 1997. TX-TF1 can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams.
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Deployment Briefs of previous deployments.
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