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Iowa National Guard joins Harvey aid efforts in Texas

Iowa National Guard joins Harvey aid efforts in Texas”

Approximately 500 more are set to deploy to support local, state, and federal authorities as needed, according to a press release.

The Nebraska National Guard was deployed to Texas nearly a week ago and has since been rescuing survivors, hauling food, water and even 500 pounds of blood to a local hospital.

The storm caused damage throughout the region, flooding homes and leaving at least 30 dead.

They will assist with supply deliveries, recovery operations and maintain about 90 helicopters being used by the National Guard in the relief effort.

The soldiers will conduct aviation operations in Texas on two St. Cloud-based CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The state of Texas requested the support from Iowa.

"You know it's not just the soldiers we're proud of", said Anthony Rice, CSM for the 142nd.

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"We were hauling those dogs", Schroeder said.

The National Guard has been on stand-by since Harvey first made landfall.

The group left from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman.

Additionally, Durney said the hospital system has pre-staged a patient reception area at TAC Air, a general aviation service center at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock, although it hasn't yet been activated.

Nebraska Task Force 1, a Lincoln-based, 80-member crew now working out of Katy, Texas, remains in the area.

"It's been very rewarding to know we're helping our own people in their time of need", he said.



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