One week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Southeast Texas, soldiers and airmen are still working to rescue residents displaced after historic flooding.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated 14,000 members of the state’s National Guard this week, and members from other states are assisting as well. The troops will be phased in to help as necessary, once needs are identified and help is requested.
About 11,000 Guardsmen have deployed to support the rescue and sustainment operations led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to the Defense Department. There are also almost 2,000 active-duty troops, with another 1,000 prepared to deploy if needed.
As of Thursday, according to the Army, the following 23 states were providing Army and Air National Guard members: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.
The troops have joined local emergency agencies to assist with search and rescue, as well as to provide services and supplies to the thousands of people who had to leave their homes after continued rainfall caused catastrophic flooding in the area.
According to the National Guard Bureau, more than 5,000 people have been rescued.
Soldiers from the Army Reserve have deployed more than 26 aviation and vehicle rescue missions, resulting in the rescue and evacuation of more than 3,800 civilians.