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Urban search and rescue team Texas Task Force 1 has deployed a Type I task force with 84 team members to Eagle Pass after a tornado killed seven and injured dozens more last night near this border community about 150 miles southwest of San Antonio.

The Type 1 heavy structural collapse team left today at 8 a.m. to assist local emergency responders and National Guard troops in searching for victims. A smaller sub-unit of Texas Task Force 1, called a Rapid Assessment Team, was deployed to the area just after midnight.

Texas Task Force 1 was activated by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management on Tuesday and was staged in College Station in preparation for deployment as severe thunderstorms hit the state late yesterday and early this morning.

Sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) under The Texas A&M University System, Texas Task Force 1 is Texas’ only statewide urban search and rescue team and coordinates the state’s water rescue program.

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