Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered New York Air National Guard personnel and aircraft to assist Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey continues flooding the region.
On Aug. 26, the Democratic governor deployed more than 100 airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard to the Gulf Coast. The personnel include rescue teams and maintenance and support staff, according to the governor’s office, along with three rescue helicopters, one rescue plane and several boats that are being deployed from the Francis S. Gabreski Airport on Long Island to Fort Hood, which is roughly 75 miles north of Austin, Texas.
The National Weather Services has estimated that more than 30 inches of rain have fallen on parts of Houston since Aug. 24.
“New Yorkers first-hand know the damage Mother Nature can cause, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Louisiana and Texas as they brace for Hurricane Harvey,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The governor isn’t alone in his efforts. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter that the city is sending 120 emergency personnel to Texas to “assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.”
“After Superstorm Sandy, so many cities stepped up to help our people. We’ll do all we can to help those affected by this storm,” de Blasio said in a tweet Sunday.
FDNY said Monday that three teams are in Texas in response to the hurricane, which include the Urban Search and Rescue Team, New York Task Force-1, FDNY’s Incident Management Team and the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Response Team.
“We are set up for all types of rescues, including swiftwater rescues, we have a compilation of tools that include boats, motors, dry suits, rescue equipment for collapsed structures, rope equipment for confined spaces, and a large compilation of Haz-Mat equipment and tools,” said FDNY Battalion Chief Jack Flatley in a statement. “We’re also supplied with a large, self-sufficient cache of food and supplies that make us sustainable for up to 72 hours in a row. I believe we’re ready to face any danger.”