Abbott sends more National Guard troops to help with relief efforts

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"We've been ready to go when the talks started", Lt. Col Campbell said.

A Coast Guard aircraft carried approximately 3,000 pounds of search and rescue equipment, including an all-terrain vehicle, search and rescue skiffs, pollution response equipment and medical supplies, officials said.

As well as the terrifying scenes coming out of Houston, a number of cities along the Texas-Lousiana border were left underwater by the unstoppable storm.

The governor said Guard members would be sent to southeast Texas to deal with emergency conditions, including Harris County, home to Houston, as well as the coastal bend region. "Then, we're into the recovery effort", he explained.

"At this scale, we're not up to the scale of Katrina, but during the Katrina response every state in the nation sent resources", she says.

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Meanwhile, in Louisiana, the storm made its second landfall early today as it continues to move eastward. Gen. Daryl Bohac, said. The Coast Guard is deploying assets from around the country to respond to the storm.

The U.S. Coast Guard has been called in to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other areas of Texas. Aaron Duplechin, commander of the unit.

"While this is still a unsafe situation with a long response effort ahead, the state and people of Texas are resilient", said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. They will bring all the equipment needed to rapidly establish airfield, aeromedical evacuation and cargo operations, including communications gear, power generators and all-terrain forklifts for the off-loading of humanitarian assistance arriving by airlift.

About 30 airmen from the 137th Special Operations Wing are being deployed to support the Texas Military Department, the release states.

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