Orange, Texas - Severe Flooding - Hurricane Harvey - 051

ORANGE, TX, UNITED STATES

08.30.2017

Video by Capt. Martha Nigrelle

Texas Military Department

 

Severe flooding in Orange, Texas following Hurricane Harvey, August 30, 2017. Flood water ranged from one to five feet deep and continued to rise across the city throughout the night. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)

Evacuation in High Water Rescue Vehicles

SUGARLAND, TX, UNITED STATES

08.30.2017

Video by Staff Sgt. Agustin Salazar

149th Fighter Wing (Texas Air National Guard)

 

The 36th Sustainment Brigade, Army National Guard, and Texas Task Force 1 respond to 211 calls for evacuation in high water rescue vehicles, in Sugarland, Texas.

Alaska and California Air Guardsmen transported for rescue missions

LIBERTY, TX, UNITED STATES

08.30.2017

Video by Staff Sgt. Balinda O'Neal Dresel

Alaska National Guard Public Affairs

 

Alaska and California Air National Guardsmen prepare to be transported from a staging area in Liberty, Texas, via Texas Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter from Grand Prairie, Texas, to assist with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Aug. 30, 2017. The 29 Guardsmen team are from the AKANG’s 212th Rescue Squadron and CAANG’s 129th Rescue Wing. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region.

Texas National Guard partners and neighbors rescue 1000 from floods

Story by: Capt. Martha Nigrelle

Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion and a local volunteer help residents down from a military vehicle in Cypress Creek, Texas, August 29, 2017. The Texas National Guard partnered with first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety days after Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)
Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion and a local volunteer help residents down from a military vehicle in Cypress Creek, Texas, August 29, 2017. The Texas National Guard partnered with first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety days after Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)

CYPRESS CREEK, Texas – Texas National Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion teamed up with Texas Task Force 1 and the Cypress Creek Fire Department, bringing 1,000 Cypress Creek residents from high-rising waters to safety, just days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas shores, August 28, 2016.

As heavy rains fell over the city, water levels continued to rise to dangerous and historic levels – some areas seeing more than five feet of flooding.

The flooding appeared to be the worst in a handful of sub-divisions. 

“Today was a day no one ever thought they’d see,” said Pfc. Adelisa Fuentes, 386th Engineer Battalion. “There was water rising up to your hips and the further the road went, the deeper the flood was.”

Texas Guardsmen equipped with swift-water vehicles and their partners, equipped with boats set out to help the many people in danger.

Swift water vehicles can safely move through approximately 30 inches of water. Texas Guardsmen took their trucks as far as they could before dismounting Task Force boats.

First responders used boats to go through entire neighborhoods, bringing all those in danger to safety.

“This is what we train for,” said Texas Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton, Dual Status Commander for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts. “And we’re proud to stand beside our civilian partners, first responders and volunteers to serve the citizens of Texas.” 

It isn’t uncommon to find National Guardsmen working or training alongside emergency first responders – it’s a part of their mission. 

Texas Guardsmen train year-round with partner first responders like Texas Task Force One, so that when a disaster occurs in Texas, they are prepared.

“This is Texans helping Texans – neighbors helping neighbors,” Hamilton said. “While we don’t want to have to put our training to the test during a tragedy, our citizen-guardsmen remain prepared to help save lives and property, when called.” 


The team of Soldiers and first responders took on a new dynamic in the wake of Hurricane Harvey as local residents stopped to help. 

Those owning boats or jet skis, used them to assist in transporting victims to safety. Others brought water and helped transfer people and equipment onto the National Guard vehicles. 

“Watching others bring victims to safety into our LMTVs showed how much heart people really have and that they don’t just depend on us to do the work alone,” said Fuentes. “All help is worth a hand in a time of need.”

One man even cooked a platter of chicken, wading into water three feet deep in order to feed both Soldiers and volunteers – a much welcomed surprise as most appeared to work through lunch without stopping.

Dogs, cats and even a lucky stuffed iguana were passed from boats to Soldiers, followed by their owners and the residents of the neighborhoods suffering from severe flooding. 

Emotions were varied, some were in high spirits while others seemed overwhelmed by their new reality.

One woman had spent the previous day as an EMT rescuing people all over the city from flooding. 

“You never think you’re going to be the victim,” she said. “Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

After six hours of wading through deep waters, Soldiers and partner first responders, ensuring everyone who needed help was safe, began to pack up.

Despite the long hours and poor weather conditions, the Soldiers all appeared to be energized, focused and in good spirits.

“Nothing is more important to our Guardsmen than the chance to serve their local community.” Hamilton said. “Helping our neighbors when they need us most is the heart of The Guard, and why we choose to become Citizen Soldiers and Airmen.”

One Texas Guardsman on scene, felt the same way.

“I am so glad I was able to be there to help my fellow Texans get to safety from their flooded homes,” said Fuentes. “It’s heartbreaking, but everyone is safe.”

Texas State Guard receives watercraft

TX, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Courtesy Video

Texas Military Department

 

Texas State Guard TMAR offloads watercraft in preparation for rescue missions. Video by Rachel G Sarabia

Texas Army National Guard Soldiers Rescue Residents of Flooded Areas

KATY, TX, UNITED STATES

08.29.2017

Video by Maj. Randall Stillinger

36th Infantry Division (TXARNG)

 

Soldiers from the Texas Army National Guard drive the streets of Katy, Texas rescuing residents who are stranded by the flood. The Soldiers are part of the 5,000 that are currently working in and around the Houston area as part of the response to Hurricane Harvey. 7,000 more Texas National Guard Soldiers are mobilizing and will be deployed to the affected areas as needed. Video and production by 1st Lt. Zach West.

Texas National Guard, partners and neighbors rescue 1,000 from floods

Photo By Capt. Martha Nigrelle | Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion partnered with first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety days after Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas, August 28, 2017, Cypress Creek, Texas. The team of Soldiers, Firefighters and rescue swimmers, paired with local volunteers and rescued more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats, bringing them to dry ground. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)
Photo By Capt. Martha Nigrelle | Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion partnered with first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department move residents from severely flooded neighborhoods to safety days after Hurricane Harvey hit south Texas, August 28, 2017, Cypress Creek, Texas. The team of Soldiers, Firefighters and rescue swimmers, paired with local volunteers and rescued more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats, bringing them to dry ground. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle) 

CYPRESS CREEK, TX, UNITED STATES

08.28.2017

Story by Capt. Martha Nigrelle

Texas Military Department

 

CYPRESS CREEK, Texas – Texas National Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion teamed up with Texas Task Force 1 and the Cypress Creek Fire Department, bringing 1,000 Cypress Creek residents from high-rising waters to safety, just days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas shores, August 28, 2016.

As heavy rains fell over the city, water levels continued to rise to dangerous and historic levels – some areas seeing more than five feet of flooding.

The flooding appeared to be the worst in a handful of sub-divisions. 

“Today was a day no one ever thought they’d see,” said Pfc. Adelisa Fuentes, 386th Engineer Battalion. “There was water rising up to your hips and the further the road went, the deeper the flood was.”

Texas Guardsmen equipped with swift-water vehicles and their partners, equipped with boats set out to help the many people in danger.

Swift water vehicles can safely move through approximately 30 inches of water. Texas Guardsmen took their trucks as far as they could before dismounting Task Force boats.

First responders used boats to go through entire neighborhoods, bringing all those in danger to safety.

“This is what we train for,” said Texas Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton, Dual Status Commander for Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts. “And we’re proud to stand beside our civilian partners, first responders and volunteers to serve the citizens of Texas.” 

It isn’t uncommon to find National Guardsmen working or training alongside emergency first responders – it’s a part of their mission. 

Texas Guardsmen train year-round with partner first responders like Texas Task Force One, so that when a disaster occurs in Texas, they are prepared.

“This is Texans helping Texans – neighbors helping neighbors,” Hamilton said. “While we don’t want to have to put our training to the test during a tragedy, our citizen-guardsmen remain prepared to help save lives and property, when called.” 


The team of Soldiers and first responders took on a new dynamic in the wake of Hurricane Harvey as local residents stopped to help. 

Those owning boats or jet skis, used them to assist in transporting victims to safety. Others brought water and helped transfer people and equipment onto the National Guard vehicles. 

“Watching others bring victims to safety into our LMTVs showed how much heart people really have and that they don’t just depend on us to do the work alone,” said Fuentes. “All help is worth a hand in a time of need.”

One man even cooked a platter of chicken, wading into water three feet deep in order to feed both Soldiers and volunteers – a much welcomed surprise as most appeared to work through lunch without stopping.

Dogs, cats and even a lucky stuffed iguana were passed from boats to Soldiers, followed by their owners and the residents of the neighborhoods suffering from severe flooding. 

Emotions were varied, some were in high spirits while others seemed overwhelmed by their new reality.

One woman had spent the previous day as an EMT rescuing people all over the city from flooding. 

“You never think you’re going to be the victim,” she said. “Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”

After six hours of wading through deep waters, Soldiers and partner first responders, ensuring everyone who needed help was safe, began to pack up.

Despite the long hours and poor weather conditions, the Soldiers all appeared to be energized, focused and in good spirits.

“Nothing is more important to our Guardsmen than the chance to serve their local community.” Hamilton said. “Helping our neighbors when they need us most is the heart of The Guard, and why we choose to become Citizen Soldiers and Airmen.”

One Texas Guardsman on scene, felt the same way.

“I am so glad I was able to be there to help my fellow Texans get to safety from their flooded homes,” said Fuentes. “It’s heartbreaking, but everyone is safe.”

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