PA Task Force One deployed to assist rescue efforts in Texas

Written by Tim Lambert, WITF Multimedia News Director | Aug 28, 2017 7:23 AM

People are evacuated from their homes surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The remnants of Hurricane Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Harrisburg) -- Nearly four dozen members of the state's urban search and rescue task force have left for Texas to assist in rescue efforts as Hurricane Harvey blasts the Gulf Coast.

Forty-five members of PA Task Force One departed from Philadelphia yesterday and have reported to Forth Worth, Texas.

"The images coming out of Texas are heartbreaking and difficult to imagine," said Governor Wolf in a statement. "We know that this will be a long-term response and recovery effort, and Pennsylvania stands ready to provide whatever help we can to citizens and first responders in Texas or any other state impacted by the storm."

The team will conduct water rescues and is made up of highly-trained personnel in search and rescue such as heavy rigging and structural specialists, hazardous materials and canine handlers.

It is not known how long the team will remain in Texas.

Previous deployments for Task Force One include Hurricane Floyd, the World Trade Center site after the September 11th attacks and Hurricane Katrina.

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