CA-TF5 at Hurricane Harvey - Aug 2017

Orange County task force rescues 200 from Tropical Storm Harvey flooding

So far, Task Force 5 has reported 200 rescues with 20 to 30 of those coming overnight Sunday into Monday, said Public Information Officer Larry Kurtz. The team is made up of firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority and the Anaheim and Orange fire departments. California Task Force 5 is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The swift water rescue team from Task Force 5 had been staying near Tully Stadium, which is off Interstate 10. But the water around the stadium rose too high, Battalian Chief Jeff Hoey said. They were forced to move into a hotel near downtown Houston. The logistics and hazardous materials experts are in the Katy High School gymnasium in Katy, Texas.

“The water has to subside so we can do more rescues,” Ventura said.

When the water level drops, Task Force 5 will begin house-to-house searches in the flooded areas. Ventura said they expect to be in Texas for 14 days.

Task Force 5 left Orange County on Friday at 1 a.m. and made it to Texas in about 24 hours. The members stopped in San Antonio until they got more orders, not knowing if they would be going to Corpus Christi or Galveston or somewhere else being battered by the storm.

On Saturday, the only directions they received were, “Get to Houston,” Ventura said. Houston needed help because first responders had received 300 to 400 emergency calls that they couldn’t handle, Hoey said.

On the way to Houston, the task force nearly was hit by a tornado, Hoey said…

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