Gov. Perry Activates State Resources as Heavy Rain Threatens Texas Communities
Gov. Rick Perry has directed the activation of state search and rescue capabilities, including Texas Military Forces and Texas Task Force 1 (TTF-1) personnel and resources, due to heavy rains and flooding threatening Texas communities.
"Severe thunder storms have created dangerous flood conditions in Central Texas, and I urge Texans to exercise caution and pay attention to changing weather conditions in their communities through tomorrow evening," Gov. Perry said. "We will monitor the situation as the storms move across the state and continue to take action to protect Texans as needed."
Heavy rains throughout the state have saturated many areas and left rivers at or above flood stage. The National Weather Service predicts rainfall to continue during the next 24 hours, with storm systems moving north east through the state.
The following state resources have been activated:
• 5 Texas Military Forces high profile vehicles in San Antonio
• 2 Texas Military Forces UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, including TTF-1 rescue technicians in San Antonio
• 3 TTF-1 swift water rescue teams in New Braunfels
Additionally, 4 TTF-1 swift water rescue teams have been placed on standby - 1 in Austin, 1 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and 2 in College Station. One canine search and rescue team has also been placed on standby in College Station.
The State Operations Center remains at an increased readiness level and continues to work with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm system.
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