NC sending response teams to Texas

NC sending response teams to Texas

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - North Carolina is sending two Helo-Aquatic Rescue Teams, known as NC HART, to Texas in response to the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

The teams will help with flood rescue and response.

"Our state knows from experience with hurricanes how devastating flooding can be," said Governor Roy Cooper. "Our hearts go out to the people of Texas, and we have two seasoned search and rescue teams with vast experience on their way to help."

The crews consist of two helicopters, eight airmen from the NC National Guard, six rescue technicians, and two NC Emergency Management area coordinators.

Some of the same crews heading to Texas helped rescue people trapped in floodwaters last fall after Hurricane Matthew. Search and rescue crews pulled more than 2,300 people from flooded homes and cars, including more than 100 rescued by helicopter.

Texas requested help from North Carolina through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which helps coordinate relief for disaster-stricken states.

"Good neighbors are always ready and willing to lend a helping hand when asked," said Cooper.

Texas will fully reimburse NC.

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