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COLLEGE STATION — Texas Task Force 1’s two rescue teams continue to work in the flooded Downtown New Orleans area in response to Hurricane Katrina. Below is a brief update on the teams’ activities as of Aug. 31 at 9 a.m.:

  • Texas Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team; 80 members

    The Texas Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team continued to perform rescue operations with the Coast Guard and two other FEMA designated national task forces in the flooded downtown district of New Orleans throughout last night. The combination of teams has been able to rescue more than 500 people since arriving in the area. The urban search and rescue team has divided into three rescue squads that are working in conjunction with Coast Guard helicopters to assist in rooftop rescues.

  • Texas Task Force 1 swiftwater rescue; 41 members

    After performing rescues throughout the day in downtown New Orleans, Texas Task Force 1’s swiftwater rescue team suspended operations at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening and returned to their temporary headquarters in Baton Rouge, La. The swiftwater team, in conjunction with several other response agencies, has been involved in more than 600 rescues in the downtown sector.

  • Similar operations are expected to continue today for both Task Force teams. The two teams are working independently of each other.

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