State News: Abbott Dispatches State Resources To North Texas Ahead Of Second Round Of Storms

Austin—Governor Greg Abbott today deployed state resources to the North Texas area and other locations in anticipation of severe weather expected to hit the region through Friday. In addition to water rescue operations teams, the Governor has also deployed helicopters and boats – and placed other resources on standby – in the event search and rescue operations are needed.

“As severe weather moves into the North Texas area, the state is taking every precaution including pre-positioning helicopters and boats to ensure we are ready to assist local officials with potential search and rescue operations,” said Governor Abbott. “I urge all residents to stay up to date on local weather reports and heed warnings from local officials throughout this severe weather event.”

State agencies involved in the emergency response effort include the Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M Texas Task Force 1, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas State Guard of the Texas Military Department. The following resources have been deployed (or are on standby ready for rapid deployment as noted*):

-13 Water Rescue Boats and Crews
-6 Helicopters with Hoisting Capability
-30 High Profile Vehicles
-8 Ambulance Buses*
-8 Ambulance Strike Teams*
-1 Type One Mobile Medical Unit*
-8 Medical Incident Support Teams*
-1 Task Force Leader*

Current forecasts indicate heavy rainfall and flash flooding with this storm system, as well as a potential for damaging winds, hail, river flooding and tornadoes across the state this week. While these storms may be widespread, the North Texas is expected to see some of the most severe weather. The Texas State Operations Center (SOC) is continuing to coordinate with the National Weather Service and closely monitor this severe storm system.


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