Texas Task Force 1 water squads deploy to North and West Texas in advance of severe weather

9/21/2018 12:00 AM

”TX-TF1COLLEGE STATION - Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, has deployed in advance of a Pacific weather system moving into North and West Texas with the potential for heavy rains and flash flooding tonight and this weekend.

Four water rescue squads and one water division group supervisor were activated and deployed today by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The highly trained TX-TF1 water search and rescue personnel and equipment resources will be staged in Wichita Falls, Brownwood, Decatur and Fort Worth to support local first responders and impacted communities.

There are forecasts of as much as 12 inches of rain in central Oklahoma, and areas in West, Northwest and North Texas could see as much as 7 inches of rain over the next 72 hours.

As a reminder, never drive through water across a roadway. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

About Texas Task Force 1 

TX-TF1 is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System. The Task Force is made up of more than 600 members from 60 organizations throughout Texas, and has deployed over 100 times since 1997, including the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy, Sept. 11th World Trade Center attack, and Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina, Rita and Ike.  TX-TF1 can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams. 

Contact:
Stephen Bjune
Stephen.bjune@teex.tamu.edu
979-845-0157

Visit the Texas Task Force 1 Website: www.texastaskforce1.org/ 
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