Local first responders deploy to assist with Texas flooding

Rescuers are using everything from choppers to boats and flat bed trucks to help rescue people.

Fire Chief Stan Sharp said they received a request to send a swift water team to help with water rescues.

Swift water and flood rescue teams from across the state mobilized Wednesday night, according to the Kansas Adjutant General's office.

The firefighters will assist in search and rescue efforts and help recover any deceased humans or animals.

The task force will remain in Texas through at least September 6, according to the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. "In times of need there are no borders, we're all united as Americans to help those in danger. Members here ... have years of experience that will serve them and the people of Texas very well during these operations", the governor said.

The state's program was started in the wake of Hurricane Fran in 1996 when NCEM recognized the need to develop an inventory of available teams with basic rescue capabilities.

Chris Herrick, the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Safety, said the Texas deployment is the first out-of-state mission for the team.

"Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses, which supports economic recovery", FEMA says on its website.

They plan to be back in the Triad on September 8. CO-TF1 has been deployed as a Type III team.

Some areas have seen 20 inches of rain and officials say that number could quickly double.


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