COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Division of Emergency Management has deployed Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), which is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, to South Texas in preparation for heavy rains and possible flash flooding today and through the weekend.

Severe weather is predicted along the Texas coast and into South and South-Central Texas, with lingering heavy rain chances along the Rio Grande Valley through early Sunday.

Eight Water Rescue Squads, one High-Profile Vehicle crew, two Water Division and Group Supervisors and Liaison Officers moved into South Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast Region late Thursday in advance of expected severe weather.

This deployment is in addition to TX-TF1 team members who were deployed by FEMA earlier this week to assist with response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and Hurricane Olivia in Hawaii. Sixteen TX-TF1 members and water rescue equipment and boats that deployed to North Carolina as part of a FEMA US&R Water Mission Ready Package are actively engaged in water rescue and evacuation operations in New Bern, NC, this morning.

TX-TF1 is sponsored by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System. TX-TF1 can be activated by the Texas Division of Emergency Management or as one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 28 sanctioned urban search and rescue teams.

In addition to resources that are already deployed to assist in Hawaii and the East Coast, as of this afternoon, TX-TF1,...

Posted by Texas Task Force 1 on Thursday, September 13, 2018