College Station, Texas – At the request of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) the State Operations Center (SOC) has asked TEEX, The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service to mobilize a Public Works Assessment Team to deploy to West, TX.
The initial request is to support the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the District Disaster Chair in Waco in evaluating public water and wastewater system damage and determination of additional resources needed for repair and service restoration. The two-man assessment team deployed today for a 3 to 5 day assignment. Additional Public Works Response Team members and resources have been put on alert for potential additional response as needed.
Who is the PWRT:
The Public Works Response Team (PWRT) supports local jurisdictions in their response to a catastrophic event by providing critical public works services as needed to facilitate recovery. The PWRT is a state resource with multi-disciplined, multi-talented, and highly qualified members who support local response, rapid damage assessment, and recovery efforts. PWRT is composed of members who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in public works activities such as Utilities (Electrical, Gas, Water, Wastewater, Storm Water, Environmental Safety and Compliance, Communications); Debris Clearance; Structural Safety; Transportation Systems; Traffic Engineering and Management; Fleet Services; and Parks and Recreation.