Indiana Guard aids Harvey relief

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

Authorities on Thursday increased the toll of Harvey-related deaths to 39, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and almost 7,000 were destroyed.

Members of the Guard took off at 10:00 p.m. Friday from the Quonset Air National Guard Base. After the discussion, and in light of Texas' need, Hutchinson made a decision to send the troops, the release said.

The Arkansas Guardsmen will be deployed on Saturday (Sept. 2), according to a release from the governor's office.

The soldiers will mostly work search-and-rescue missions, spokesman Lt.

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

The state Guard already has two five-soldier helicopter crews and a 14-member hazardous-material survey team in Texas.

Numerous troops that left on Monday will assist with supply deliveries, recovery operations and maintain about 90 helicopters being used by the National Guard in the relief effort.

Texas requested the aid under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact - an agreement between all 50 states, two territories and Washington, D.C., to assist one another in times of crisis.

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

"A lot of devastation throughout the area", said Macias. Spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood says the copters will be used to move supplies and equipment around the flood-ravaged city.

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