Search and Rescue Operations Underway in Cameron County

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Search and rescue efforts were still underway in South Texas Friday night.
Texas Task Force 1 has been leading the charge in Cameron County, one of the hardest hit regions; where many are still without power, running water, and living in heavily flooded conditions.

News Three's Kristen Ross and photojournalist Jordan Meserole have been with the team all week, including their rescue missions.

Long before the sun ever rose, members of Texas Task Force 1 were hard at work.

"We train hard to get out here and help people," Joe Ondrasek with the Bryan Fire Department said.

More than 45 seniors citizens in San Benito were trapped inside a nursing home as the waters began to rise.

"Some of them were bedridden, and were unable to do anything. But the ones who were were saying thank you," Lauren Nolen with College Station Fire Department said.

At first light, Lauren was just one of the first responders willing to lend a helping hand, and lift those in need up to safety.

"I feel like I proved myself to the guys today," Nolen said.

But Lauren wasn't the only one with something to prove.
Hurricane Dolly left behind a valuable lesson: expect the unexpected.

Dolly's winds were not only strong enough to tear signs off of buildings, but the rain also pounded nearby fields, leaving more than a foot of flooding in some areas.

Flooding which will keep members of Texas Task Force 1 busy, but doing something they love.

"I've always to do this since I was a kid," Jonas Brooks with the Bryan Fire Department said.

But even after a hard day's work, this elite search and rescue team takes some time to reflect on all they've done.

"Most everyone I met here today, is the first time I've met them. But yet it's like we are brothers, we have a common bond," Ondrasek said.

Texas Task Force 1 will continue its search and rescue operations Friday and into Saturday alongside the Texas National Guard, and Texas Task Force 2. They are surveying a four county region to see what damage the flooding may have done.

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