Triad swift water rescue team sent to Houston

Residents can help Harvey victims as NC sends teams to Texas

The team is a part of the search-and-rescue group known as "Virginia Task Force 1".

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

"We're proud to have a highly-trained team of responders like Vermont Task Force-1 to offer Texas during this trying time".

The state's swift water rescue program is organized by North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) which supports the teams with training and funding. This will be an 8-day deployment with limited availability of shelter, food and water and the teams are expected to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours.

"[The boats will] be able to get people out of the water to evacuate, help the injured and we can get to some of the areas with the airboats that some boats may not be able to get to", Young explained.

Iraqi Forces, Hashd Shaabi Liberate Tal Afar Center, Citadel from ISIL Terrorists
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Governor Cuomo's office also announced on Wednesday that more resources from New York's National Guard would be deployed: "In total, Governor Cuomo has deployed a total of 119 Airmen, three HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters, two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and several boats and watercraft". Earlier, Rescue workers attempted to rescue stranded cows as the aftermath of Harvey left many ranches in eastern Texas underwater.

"Originally, their destination was Houston, but due to the dynamic and changing conditions presented by the flooding down there and the constant rain, a decision was made by our federal partners to have the team held back a little bit", Ryan said in an update provided Tuesday afternoon.

"We take great care in making sure that the family members are taken care of when the team is deployed", Piringer said.

The team is bringing five rescue boats and a logistics trailer with them to Texas, Cannon said. Enough members are staying behind in Vermont to provide assistance if any is needed here.

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