North Texas First responders have been deployed to the Texas coast to help out with rescue missions. Volunteers are prepping up to help if needed.
Tropical Storm Beta has brought gusty winds and flooded across Southeast Texas. Coastal counties are the leading cause of concern.
The state officers have deployed the Texas Task Force, like a special operations team of firefighters, to perform search and rescue operations, water and land, and apparent damage and debris.
Eighteen Dallas firefighters went to the south as a part of the mission.
Jim McDade, with Dallas Fire-Rescue, said, “They’re awaiting the floodwaters. They have boats,” “They’ll probably be doing more search and rescue type stuff after the fact. Going door to door to any area that is affected.”
The Dallas Fire-Rescue members took rest in Victoria overnight Monday. They may move farther east after Beta makes landfall.
McDade said, “They’re gone for two weeks straight. Once the phone rings, they get their stuff, and they’re gone.” “They don’t come home for a couple of weeks, and they work the whole time they’re gone. It’s not easy, but that’s what these guys volunteer for.”
Meanwhile, Texas Baptist Men are standing by for Beta. Many of them returned home after responding to Hurricane Laura. They wrapped up 500 chainsaw jobs and handed out 50,000 meals.
Rand Jenkins said, “What we are expecting is flooding,” “So what we’ve done is put our flood recovery teams, our assessors and our feeding units on standby and alert.”
Dozens of Dallas Fort Worth firefighters remain in California fighting wildfires as Storm Beta targets Texas.
McDade said, “Last three months, you have Laura, Sally, Tropical Storm Beta, Hurricane Hanna, wildfires both in Texas and California.” “These guys are very busy.”