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Missouri Has 18 Agencies Helping With Rescue, Recovery Efforts in Texas

Missouri Department of Public Safety

Missouri officials say many state emergency responders are providing assistance along the Gulf Coast following devastation by Tropical Storm Harvey.

It’s significantly increased in recent days, according to the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The agency says 56 Missourians representing 18 different fire and ambulance departments deployed to Texas Wednesday to assist with swift water rescue operations.

“I am proud of the work our Missouri responders are doing to save lives and assist our fellow Americans in Texas,” Gov. Eric Greitens said in a statement this week. “Those of us at home send our prayers to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey and all of the first responders who are risking their own safety to protect others.”

Missouri Task Force 1 was among the state organizations to arrive as the storm came ashore last Friday. It’s reporting more than 375 rescues of people and over 35 pets as of Wednesday. Also now on the ground in Texas, among other state agencies, is the Missouri Air National Guard 139th Airlift Wing and Missouri Fire and EMS swift water rescue.

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