Pa, NJ send rescue teams to Texas for Harvey help

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Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey are sending emergency task forces made up of police, fire and emergency personnel to Texas to help with Tropical Storm Harvey rescue efforts.




A 45-member team dubbed PA Task Force 1 left Philadelphia Sunday morning. The team includes 20 members of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

NJ Task Force 1 is headed to the Houston suburb of Katy, Gov. Christie said in a statement Sunday night.

“As Americans, we come together during times of crisis,” Christie said. “During Superstorm Sandy, emergency and law enforcement response contingents from around the country came to our aid.  New Jersey stands ready to assist Texas with their search and rescue response to the destruction and devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey. . .”





Harvey, which made landfall late Friday as a Category 4 hurricane and has lingered just off the coast dropping heavy rain as a tropical storm, sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday. The rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelmed rescuers who could not keep up with the constant calls for help.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long said during a news conference Monday that as many as 50 counties in Texas are affected by the flooding and that a tremendous amount of rainfall is in the cards for southwest Louisiana too.

The rain and floods have been blamed in at least five deaths.

This story contains material from the Associated Press.













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