Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas

Sep 06, 2017, 12:17
Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas

Arkansas is sending 1,500 National Guardsmen to Texas to help the state as it recovers from Harvey.

The National Guardsmen and women have been deployed to disasters like this before including the 2013 Moore tornado, Hurricane Katrina, and even the World Trade Centers after 9/11, and they say it's hard to see devastation like this. Tom Wolf said as they were sent off via plane and convoy from the 193rd Special Operations wing in Middletown, about 10 miles from Harrisburg. He has led a team of two helicopters that have conducted search-and-rescue missions, supply drops and general support.

"I am glad that Minnesota will be able to assist the victims of the bad tragedy in Texas, with 11 Minnesota National Guard soldiers accompanying two Chinook helicopters to join in relief efforts", Dayton said in a statement.

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The storm has affected millions along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, leaving many without drinking water or livable homes.

The Guard is deploying 11 soldiers and two Chinook helicopters to the Houston area. This deployment comes as a response to a request for help from teams in Texas.

The National Guard has no time to rest.

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Nebraska Task Force 1, a Lincoln-based, 80-member crew now working out of Katy, Texas, remains in the area.

"We're just trying to bring all the supplies and equipment that these guys need to set up operations", Bundy said.

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