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California sends aid for Hurricane Harvey disaster relief

Sacramento Fire prepares water rescue team to head to Hurricane Harvey

On Aug. 27, the Sacramento Fire Department sent a team of 14 swift water rescue officers from their Urban Search and Rescue Team to Hurricane Harvey. The crews will drive 2,000 miles to Texas to help with the rescue efforts during the intense floo
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On Aug. 27, the Sacramento Fire Department sent a team of 14 swift water rescue officers from their Urban Search and Rescue Team to Hurricane Harvey. The crews will drive 2,000 miles to Texas to help with the rescue efforts during the intense floo

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.

Tropical Storm Harvey flooded Aransas Pass, Texas, and left destruction in its wake, as seen in this August 27 drone footage released by the city’s police department. Electricity would still be down for an estimated three to four weeks, according

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.

Rescuers in Houston answered hundreds of desperate calls for help on Sunday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey climbed high enough to fill the second floors of homes and stranded families were urged to seek refuge on their roofto

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.

Molly Sullivan: 916-321-1176, @SullivanMollyM

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