Texas Task Force 1 deployed for flooding in Texas

10/16/2018 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION - Water Rescue Squads from Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), were activated and deployed overnight in response to significant heavy rain and historic river flooding over much of Central and North Texas.

At the request of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, TX-TF1 has activated and deployed nine Water Rescue Squads and two Water Group Supervisors to support historic flooding in Central Texas, to include the Junction, Mason, and Kingsland, Texas communities along the Llano River and the Highland Lakes.

Additionally, eight TX-TF1 Helicopter Search & Rescue Technicians (HSART) have been activated and will operate from response partner Texas Military Department Blackhawk and Lakota helicopters, and provide hoist-rescue capability to those affected areas.

TX-TF1 Water Rescue Squads are moving into locations that have experienced or are forecast to experience heavy rain and river flooding. They will support impacted communities and local first responders.

Additionally, 80-members of TX-TF1’s Type-1 US&R Task Force remain deployed as part of FEMA's response to Hurricane Michael. The team is conducting Wide Area Searches operations in the Panama City, FL area in support of local responders in the Florida Pan-handle.

About Texas Task Force 1

TX-TF1 is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and has deployed over 100 times since 1997. The team can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams.

For more information or to arrange interviews with TX-TF1 staff, please contact:

 Stephen Bjune
Public Information Officer
Stephen.Bjune@teex.tamu.edu
(979) 458-4957

Contact Information

Kathy Fraser

Director of Marketing and Communications

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