Search and Rescue Crews Activated After Hermine Brings Flooding to Texas

Gov. Rick Perry today directed the activation of state search and rescue capabilities, including Texas Military Forces personnel and resources, as heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Hermine continue to threaten Texas communities.

“I urge all Texans to realize the dangers of crossing flooded roadways and respect the barricades put in place by officials to protect Texans’ lives,” Gov. Perry said. “Remember these words: turn around, don’t drown. Texans in the path of this storm must do their part to stay safe, and I want to assure them that the state will continue to provide assistance to local emergency responders and local officials throughout this severe weather event.”

Heavy rains have caused flooding in central Texas that led to a number of rescue operations by local emergency responders, some evacuations and sheltering. The National Weather Service has predicted that this system is capable of dumping up to 12 inches of rainfall in some areas as this system continues to move through Texas.

The following state resources have been activated in response to this storm:

• 48 Texas Military Forces personnel and 10 high profile vehicles
• 2 Texas Military Forces UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters
• 4 Texas Task Force 1 swift water rescue teams, comprised of 20 personnel

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and volunteer organizations will continue to support local partners throughout this storm.

Additionally, TxDOT is coordinating road closures in affected areas as necessary. For more information about road closures, please visit

The State Operations Center continues to work with the National Weather Service to monitor the storm system.

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