Texas Task Force 1 Shifted to Waco

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In anticipation of heavy rainfall, the Governor's Division of Emergency Management will shift some of its water rescue equipment and crew from San Antonio to Waco.

The rescue team was called to its College Station headquarters on Friday when Governor Rick Perry activated state resources to support rescue operations in the Texas Hill Country. Three Military Forces helicopters with Texas Task Force 1 water rescue teams have assisted.

More storms are expected in Central Texas, so one helicopter rescue crew will be stationed at the Waco Regional Airport. Two helicopters and crews will remain in San Antonio.

"This allows our assets to be better positioned along the I-35 corridor, especially as we face increased traffic during Memorial Day," said Bob McKee, director of Texas Task Force 1.

McKee adds that the decision was prompted by National Weather Service reports and the continued effort by the state of Texas to be prepared for heavy travel coupled with the possibility of flooded roadways.

The activation comes about a month after the last. Texas Task Force One was activated in April to assist with Central Texas flooding.

Texas Task Force 1 is sponsored by the Texas Engineering Extension Service, or TEEX, and is comprised of more than 300 personnel from across the state of Texas.