US National Guard ready to dispatch 30K troops over Harvey

Five people were rescued from their Houston-area home after it became flooded

More New York Air National Guard members are headed to Texas to help in the response to record-breaking flooding.

Soldiers from Tupelo's Company D, 2d Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment are providing search and rescue support using two LUH 72A Lakota helicopters.

According to a press release, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is the link between the Guard and Texas on the facilitation of state controlled resources dedicated for disaster relief response, especially when those resources cross borders.

Military helicopters are being used alongside Coast Guard helicopters, but the Coast Guard has taken the lead on coordinating air operations, the defense official said.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said "We just pray that the body count won't rise significantly" as rescue teams search abandoned neighborhoods.

After Sunday's deployment of 18 guardsmen, the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed 49 additional people to Houston on Tuesday. By Friday evening, they had two crews and three aircraft ready to go.

"The Colorado National Guard has additional capabilities ready for follow on requests from Texas while continuing to maintain homeland defense, overseas operations and civil support forces here in Colorado".

But Louisiana Guard members were busy in other ways before the storm made landfall.

"This will be a long-term effort", he said. In addition to the air assets, the Marines will also have water purification and storage capability.

The center says in its 5 a.m. ET advisory that flooded roadways continue to make travel hard and advises people to take shelter.

The Airmen are expected to support the federal Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery effort for the next 3-4 days.

Meanwhile, the Houston area, one of the mostly affected ones by the storm, is facing the threat of overflowing dams.

At the Pentagon Tuesday, Maj.

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