RI National Guard heads to Texas

11 Iowa soldiers, 2 helicopters to be part of Harvey relief effort

Some of the service members from Norman just got back from Ukraine, but that unit was told on Wednesday that they were being sent to Texas and Louisiana to help and they left on Saturday. They have several other areas they don't think it'll crest until Tuesday, so they're really concerned about those. This is why America has a National Guard. "We're proud of those families too".

Troops were deployed throughout the weekend in increments via C-17 Globemasters and C-130 Hercules operated by the Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Hawaii, and Tennessee National Guards.

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

The Guard tweeted a picture of a military helicopter and soldiers announcing "The @MNNationalGuard is on way to help the @TXMilitary, @texasgov w/ #HarveyRelief!" Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania National Guard adjutant general. The trucks are suitable for heavy transportation and re-supply.

The National Guard has no time to rest.

The two Chinook helicopters will leave Friday from St. Cloud and head for Texas.

"They take it to a location where they boat it to the end user", said Hurts.

"For the people that need that, that's how they're staying alive, no food, no water", said Brian Hurst, Liberty's Fire Chief.

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