Coast Guard rescued 17 people, dog after Hurricane Harvey

Local Crews Headed to Texas

Local Crews Headed to Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he has activated the entire Texas National Guard in response to Harvey, bringing the total number of deployed personnel for rescue efforts to 12,000.

"The place he will be going to will not be Houston so [he] will not be getting into harm's way or interrupting the evacuations or emergency response in the Houston area", Abbott said on "CBS This Morning."

Coast Guard aircrews conducted two medical transfers of two critical patients from local hospitals to Memorial Herman Hospital medical center Sunday night.

More Guardsmen are on standby and will join operations when they are requested by the Texas Department of Emergency Operations.

"We could not be more appreciative of what the federal government has done, from the president on down", Abbott said on ABC's "This Week".

Executive Petty Officer Jason Kuzik with the U.S. Coast Guard Saginaw River Station said the station already has sent an air boat with three people to help out with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Dozens of people have been rescued by helicopter which began as soon as winds from Harvey began to subside.

Harvey hit Texas on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, causing flooded highways, historic rains, and tremendous flooding, according to media reports. Flooding in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the US, is called unprecedented. "We've never been more prepared for a storm for a storm than we had been this time".

That, he said, is "what Texas is all about". Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

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