Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

Saturday, August 26 for deployment to Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm on August 26, but "catastrophic and life-threatening" flooding continued in southeastern Texas and parts of southwestern Louisiana through Tuesday, the NWS said.

The task force will remain in Texas through at least September 6, according to the Kansas Adjutant General's Office.

By Tuesday, 30 to 45 inches of rain had fallen on Texas, potentially setting a USA record for a rain storm, with an additional 10 inches expected through Thursday, according to forecasters.

Rutland City firefighters from left Scott Mangan Micah Haven Nate Elwert Mike Delehanty Dave Werbinski and Lt. Dan Gedney
Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

The Sedgwick County Fire Department says four firefighters from Sedgwick County Fire District 1 are deploying with area firefighters from Task Force 5, a joint effort coordinated by the State Fire Marshal.

"We're proud to have a highly-trained team of responders like Vermont Task Force-1 to offer Texas during this trying time". The teams left Sunday night and were expected to arrive Monday afternoon.

Their boats with the big fans can get to areas other boats can't.

The first responders involved represent 23 city, county and state emergency, fire, medical and rescue agencies. Huffman says, "They're pretty overwhelmed over there".

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"After supporting fire suppression operations here in California and recently participating in a large scale exercise in Alaska, the 129th is ready to deploy its life-saving capabilities to another region of the country", said Col. Daniel Lapostole, 129th Rescue Wing vice commander. "... The federal government does not take over the disaster response". Crew members are also sometimes rotated out.

"These men and women will be going out up to 12 hours a day at least, and they need the hydration, they need the meals, they need to snacks and that's what we're going to do", said Scott Lamaster, Founder of Taking it to The Streets. Donations made online should be done directly through the charity's website.

Or text the word "HARVEY" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

As crews continue to deal with flood waters in Texas, FEMA officials said recovery efforts will take weeks.

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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a relief fund through The Greater Houston Community Foundation, which connects donors with a network of nonprofits and social groups. It accepts donations through its website portlight.org.

It is unclear how long the VFRS members will be in Texas, but Gormick says it'll depend on how many operational periods this crisis will last for.

"I know everyone on this team eagerly volunteered to be part of any eventual rescue mission before the rain in Texas even stopped falling", he said.

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