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Local first responders rescue Texas residents

Posted at 3:23 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 00:00:49-04

First responders from Nebraska have been in Texas for a couple of days and are doing all they can to rescue people from the floods.

Officials say they expect up to 300,000 people to end up in emergency shelters in southeast Texas.

Nebraska Task Force One left for the state two days ago. They've had to evacuate their own staging area because of flooding. Monday, the group is rescuing more than 100 people from a senior center in Katy, Texas. They're using six boats to get the job done.

"Within 30 minutes of moving one of our task forces to where they were high and dry they had 3 feet of water there so the movement of water is so dynamic and moving at such a quick pace as is the torrential down flow that the area underwater is growing exponentially every quarter of an hour," said Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet.

The Nebraska National Guard has deployed four army helicopters and 23 soldiers to Texas. They'll be able to do aeromedical evacuations and hoist rescue missions. Governor Pete Ricketts says he's offered resources to the Governor of Texas.

"We've got a state compact that allows us to share these resources and Texas knows that we've got their back," Gov. Ricketts explained.

Battalion Chief Thavenet says there's no sign of slowing down their efforts if Hurricane Harvey keeps dropping rain on southeast Texas.

Nebraska Task Force One consists of fire fighters from Lincoln, Omaha, and Papillion as well as civilian doctors, and engineers.