Harvey B Roll 3

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Sgt. Samuel DeLeon

Texas Army National Guard (Texas Military Forces)

 

Engineers from the 551st MRBC (Multi-Roll Bridge Company); 176th Engineer Brigade; Texas Military Department get boats in the water to conduct rescue missions in Houston.

176 Engineers Prep Boats

EL CAMPO, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Sgt. Samuel DeLeon

Texas Army National Guard (Texas Military Forces)

 

Soldiers from the 176th Engineer Brigade are preparing their boats for rescue missions in Houston due to floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Response Operations

TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Tech. Sgt. Karl Schwach

National Guard Bureau

 

Texas National Guard soldiers respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. 
(Video by: Staff Sgt. Tim Pruitt)

Courtesy: Texas Military Department

Joint military and civilian team rescues more than 170 people from Hurricane Harvey using ground and air assets

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Texas national Guard Soldiers respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey 

Houston, TX United States

08.28.2017

Story by Staff Sgt. Timothy Pruitt, Texas State Guard

 

HOUSTON – A team of Texas Guardsmen, swift-water rescue technicians and Harris County Sheriff deputies worked together as a hybrid rescue team to rescue and air-lift multiple people from severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, to safe locations, in northeast Houston, August, 28, 2017.

Soldiers from the Texas National Guard’s 272nd Engineer Battalion and a swift-water rescue team from Texas Task Force 1 arrived in a severely flooded neighborhood after being dispatched to an area cut off by flood waters with approximately 50 victims that needed evacuating.  Upon arriving at the designated location, a small church, they found more than 80 people at the church and another 60 at the gas station next door. 

“When we first got the call the information we were given was that there was a request of 50 people that needed to be evacuated, when we arrived that number more than doubled,” said David Holly, Texas Task Force 1 swift-water rescue technician.

The pastor of the church said he had several people needing medical attention.

There were 18 patients, some on oxygen, some dialysis patients, others with deficits from past or chronic conditions and even some with mental handicaps, all needing medical attention.

With the severity of the medical needs of those patients, the Task Force 1 paramedics decided it would be safer to evacuate the patients by air, due to the rising water in the area.

The team setup a landing zone for the aerial pickup and radioed in for an air evacuation. While waiting for the helicopters the task force heard there were people trapped in the adjacent neighborhood. 

Using a Texas National Guard high-profile vehicle, they launched their zodiac boats and searched the neighborhood for victims.

“I thought it was pretty cool that we are able to provide transportation to the task force,” said Texas National Guard Sgt. Janna Bergeron, 272nd Engineer Battalion.  “We give them the ability to be able to perform these types of missions.”

The team rescued 30 people from that neighborhood, bringing the total number of victims to 170 needing evacuation.

Within an hour, three U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopters from the Dusty Dogs Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron, arrived and took turns landing to pick up and evacuated the flood victims with special medical needs.

During this process, the flood waters continued to rise, making vehicle extraction more dangerous.

To ensure the safety of each flood victim, the joint team continued to evacuate all of their victims by air.

 While the Task Force team prepared the victims for evacuation, Texas Guardsmen helped secure the area for the arriving helicopters.

First responders say that this type of joint-teamwork is what is helping save lives.

“It is hard being in a situation knowing we could help everyone but not knowing if we would have time to get them all due to the rising flood waters,” Texas National Guard 2nd Lt. Joseph Fiasco, 272nd Engineer Battalion. “It was amazing that we had the aerial support to come in and get the victims.”

These types of missions show the effectiveness of teamwork to be able to rescue high numbers of people in need. 

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, more than 12,000 Texas Guardsmen joined first responders from partner local, state and federal agencies, as well as, other military components, to rescue thousands of Texans in need.

Gen Joseph L. Lengyel and Major General John Nichols - Harvey Update

AUSTIN, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Sgt. Kyle Burns

Texas Military Department

 

Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen Joseph L. Lengyel and Adjutant General of Texas, Major General John Nichols give an update on operations in response to Harvey and what the future holds.

Texas National Guard Night Rescues - Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Sgt. Samuel De Leon

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct night rescue operations in flooded areas around Texas after devastation caused by Harvey. Video by Sgt. Sam DeLeon

Hurricane Harvey Aftermath Rockport, Texas area

PORT ARANSAS, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by John Thibodeau

Texas Military Department

 

B-Roll Footage of Hurricane Harvey damage in and around Port Aransas and Rockport, Texas, August 28, 2017. (U.S. National Guard video by John Thibodeau).

Texas National Guard Night Rescues - Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Video by Sgt. Samuel De Leon

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct night rescue operations in flooded areas around Texas after devastation caused by Harvey. Video by Sgt. Sam DeLeon

Pulling together to lend a helping hand

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Spc. Dwayne Holt, 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, waded through deep flood waters to rescue the mother of fellow Texas State Guard member, Sfc. Cheryl Lemmings, Texas Medical Brigade, during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near League City, Texas, August 27, 2017.  SFC Lemmings’ mother, Nina, and her dogs were taken to a family member’s home.  Holt continued to rescue at least 15 families stranded in flood waters that day. (Texas State Guard photo by Spc. Dwayne Holt)

Story by Spc. Dwayne Holt, Texas State Guard

League City, Texas - When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast and dumped historic amounts of rain, the Texas State Guard members responded to assist Texans who needed help.  Those members, who lived in the hurricane strike zone and could not deploy, became civilian rescuers of neighbors and friends in the flooded areas around Houston.  

Texas State Guard Spc. Dwayne Holt, 8th Regiment, was one of those courageous rescuers.   

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Spc. Dwayne Holt, 8th Regiment, Texas State Guard, waded through deep flood waters to rescue the mother of fellow Texas State Guard member, Sfc. Cheryl Lemmings, Texas Medical Brigade, during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near League City, Texas, August 27, 2017.  SFC Lemmings’ mother, Nina, and her dogs were taken to a family member’s home.  Holt continued to rescue at least 15 families stranded in flood waters that day. (Texas State Guard photo by Spc. Dwayne Holt)

On the morning of August 27, 2017, Holt received a phone call from fellow Texas State Guard member, Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Lemmings, Texas Medical Brigade, who was desperately trying to find a way to rescue her mother, Nina, from her flooded home.  Owning a big pickup truck, Holt responded that he would try to get as close to the neighborhood as he could.  The flood waters were deep and even his big truck was no match.  

“I had to wade through flood waters for about four blocks to meet Lemming’s brother-in-law, Joe Green.  Then wading in chest high water, we finally reached Lemming’s mother,” stated Holt.  

A neighbor gave them a canoe to assist in the rescue.  Holt and Green packed up medicines and clothes and loaded Lemming’s mother and her dogs into the canoe.  Back at his truck, Holt drove Nina to a family member’s home.

“My training in the Texas State Guard was very important in my assisting with rescues.  I had learned to think quickly and figure out the best solution to get these rescues done successfully with the assets available and save lives,” commented Holt. 

Holt returned to the same neighborhood to continue to assist Green and a high-water rescue EMT team with evacuating residents.  “In one rescue after another we pushed boats through the flood waters, taking at least fifteen families, their pets, and a few possessions to high ground.”  In his truck, Holt drove family after family to a local HEB store, which had become a staging area for the evacuation to a shelter.  At the end of the rescue efforts, Holt made sure that Green and his son got home safely.

“Texans are amazing.  Families reached out to help other families in need.  I was very proud of how people came together, unselfishly, to assist neighbors and strangers.  The Texas State Guard is like that, too.  Texans serving Texans,” remarked Holt.

Hurricane Harvey Texas National Guard rescue operations

HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES

08.27.2017

Video by 1st Lt. Zachary West

100th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

Footage of Texas National Guard soldiers conducting rescue operations in heavily flooded areas near Houston, Texas. The entire Texas National Guard has been called up in response to Harvey. 
Video by 1LT Zachary West, 100th MPAD)