Gov. Perry activates Guard helicopters, Texas Task Force 1 to flooded areas

11/22/2004 12:00 AM

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today authorized activation of three UH-60 helicopters for search and rescue operations in Bexar, Comal and Bastrop counties. The Texas Army National Guard helicopters were on stand-by at the noon hour in San Antonio and Austin until the weather clears and flying conditions become safe.

“We hope Texans will take all possible precautions during severe weather to keep them from dangerous situations,” Perry said. “However, in these unpredictable conditions, we want to make certain we have resources readily available to assist in the event of emergencies.”

The governor also has authorized activation of two flood rescue strike teams from Texas Task Force 1 to assist with rescues in those counties. Their staging areas are in San Antonio and New Braunfels. Each team consists of 32 members, for a total of 64 personnel set for deployment.

Texas Task Force 1 is a 210-member force that is a nationally recognized for its unique search and rescue capabilities.

Assistance was requested by local officials in Comal and Bastrop counties in the wake of flooding and severe storms striking throughout central and southeastern Texas. The storms began on Sunday.

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