Charlotte firefighters prepares to send rescue team to Texas amid flooding

Trump calls Hurricane Harvey emergency response ‘historic
Trump calls Hurricane Harvey emergency response ‘historic
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01 September, 2017

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.

Between contaminated flood water and reports of smoke rising from a chemical plant in nearby Crosby, Texas, the team faces some risk - but Cannon says the crew is bringing some decontamination equipment.

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.

One group is from Fairfax County and known as VA-TF1.

In a Twitter message, Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, said it is the first time since September 11, 2001, that all of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Teams have been deployed and activated at the same time.

The task force is one of 28 Urban Search and Rescue teams throughout the United States to aid in such catastrophic events. They arrived in San Antonio very late Monday night and arrived in the Houston area Wednesday.

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If the team is deployed they could be in Texas throughout the early part of September.

The crew of five with three boats met with other Kansas departments in Wichita overnight and will stage in Texas as they wait for assignments, chief Forrest Walter said.

North Carolina Emergency Management created the swift water rescue program in 1996 in the wake of Hurricane Fran.

North Carolina has 30 highly-trained swift water rescue teams.

Local fire officials say they're happy to help the community, and provide relief to first responders that have been working around the clock to keep people safe.

"They're responding to Texas under what we call the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - EMAC", said Chris Herrick, Vermont's deputy commissioner of public safety.


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