Task Force Heads Home from East Texas

Texas Task Force 1 was demobilized from East Texas by local officials and the State Operations Center on Monday. The team had been assisting local officials with damage assessments from the recent heavy rainfall caused by flooding along the Neches River.

Texas Task Force 1 members rescued 12 people from the rising floodwaters in Orange County over the weekend and conducted more than 200 damage assessments and wellness checks of East Texas residents through Monday.

The 16-member team was deployed late Friday evening at the request of the Governor's Division of Emergency Management.

Texas Task Force 1, which is sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, coordinates the state's water rescue program and also serves as Texas' only statewide urban search and rescue team.

Dozens of people remain out of their homes along the flooded Neches River after last week's storms and heavy rain.

Experts say the Neches River is expected to be above flood stage through at least Thursday.

Orange County emergency management coordinator Jeff Kelley has estimated about 40 homes were destroyed.