4/24/2007 12:00 AM
Texas Task Force 1 has called out 105 members of the statewide urban search and rescue team and three water rescue squads to support communities across the state affected by severe weather conditions.
The Task Force was activated by the Governor's Division of Emergency Management and is staging in College Station, preparing for possible deployment as severe thunderstorms hit Central Texas. Weather officials are reporting severe storms over Central Texas that may produce heavy wind, rain and hail along with the possibility of tornados.
Some 76 counties are considered "high threat" areas and some 45 counties remain under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued flash flood warnings with up to 5 inches of rainfall predicted for some areas.
Although the duration of the threat is predicted to be short-lived, the potential exists for dangerous conditions. Texas Task Force 1 has activated both a Type I heavy structural collapse team that will be able to provide a wide array of personnel and equipment in support of affected areas, as well as three water rescue squads equipped with rescue boats and other water rescue equipment.
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.