New York National Guard members to help in Texas

Posted at 8:49 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 08:49:39-04

Members of New York's Air National Guard are headed to Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Governor Cuomo announced over the weekend that National Guard personnel and aircraft would respond to the natural disaster.  The governor deployed 104 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing, including rescue teams, maintenance and support staff.  Also headed to the area are three rescue helicopters, one rescue plane and several boats.

"As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate the Gulf Coast, I am deploying emergency personnel and equipment to help mitigate damage and aid in the recovery effort," Governor Cuomo said. "New Yorkers first-hand know the damage Mother Nature can cause, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Louisiana and Texas as they brace for Hurricane Harvey."

The Governor says New York has a long history of helping other states following natural disasters.  More than 300 people were sent to Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.