4/26/2019 12:00 AM
STATION - Texas A&M Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) Water Rescue Squads deployed
this week in response to heavy rain and severe weather over Central and
West Texas. The Water Rescue Squads helped to evacuate five people and a
dog from a flooded RV park, and checked on an additional 11 people that chose
members worked closely with the Waco Fire Department and State response
partners from the Texas Parks & Wildlife to assist those impacted by the flooding on April 24.
was activated and pre-positioned on April 23 in response to a request from the
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to deploy resources ahead of a
statewide severe weather system. The team deployed two Water Rescue Squads and
one Water Group Supervisor. Resources were staged, pre-positioned or conducted
operations in four counties: Hill, McLennan, Taylor and Tom Green.
personnel demobilized April 25 and returned to their home stations.
TX-TF2 had their urban search and rescue team on alert, should they be
requested on short notice. Ultimately they were not needed, and TDEM stood the
always, TX-TF1 reminds citizens to tune into your local media and news sources
for up-to- date weather forecasts and reports for your area. As a
reminder, never drive through water across a roadway. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Texas A&M Task Force 1
is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and has
deployed over 150 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.
more information, please contact:
Stephen Bjune, Public
the Texas Task Force 1 Website: www.texastaskforce1.org/
Texas Task Force 1 on Facebook: www.facebook.com/txtf1