California has joined the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, sending eight water search and rescue teams to flooded areas of Texas, according to the California Office of Emergency Services.
“We’ve been in regular contact with the Texas Office of Emergency Services and are supplying everything they need,” said California Emergency Services spokesman Brad Alexander.
The search and rescue teams hail from across the state and include three members from the Sacramento Metro Fire District, said Fire District Spokesman Engineer Adam Spiva. More staff members from the fire district are on standby and may leave Monday.
Sacramento Fire Department also deployed a crew Sunday. The team will drive 2,000 miles and arrive in the Houston area in two days.
The teams have 14 members each and will bring their own supplies, including four motorized boats.
The teams specialize in swiftwater and flood rescue and will perform search and rescue missions in the heavily flooded areas of south Texas.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday, dumping more than 25 inches of rain in some parts of the state. It was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday. The National Weather Service warned of “catastrophic and life threatening flooding” as the storm is forecast to last throughout the week and rain levels could reach a record-breaking 50 inches.