Two Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Teams from North Carolina will land in Texas on Monday to help rescue Texas residents trapped in the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Teams combine state and local rescue technicians to carry out helicopter-based rescues. The team helps people trapped in floods or lost in hard-to-reach areas.
The rescue teams will be assisted by eight airmen of the N.C. National Guard, two Blackhawk helicopters and six local rescue technicians from the Charlotte and Asheville fire departments, and the Transylvania County EMS.
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They will arrive Monday afternoon in Texas and stay for 10 days to help with rescue missions, according to a statement from Gov. Roy Cooper.
Two N.C. Emergency Management coordinators are already in Texas and will meet with the rescue crews this afternoon.
“Our state knows from experience with hurricanes how devastating flooding can be,” Cooper said in a statement. “Our hearts go out to the people of Texas, and we have two seasoned search and rescue teams with vast experience on their way to help.”
Some of the rescue crews going to Texas assisted with rescues last fall during the flooding caused by Hurricane Mathew.
Texas requested help from North Carolina through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a mutual aid agreement between states that enables them to share resources during natural disasters.
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