Harvey-related rescues keep US Coast Guard busy

3rd Class Johanna Strickland U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

3rd Class Johanna Strickland U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

"As our crew members depart, we wish them well and good luck as they join Coast Guard crews from literally around the country to assist in the rescue efforts", Air Station Traverse City posted on its Facebook page Monday night.

The crew boarded a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules airplane on Monday.

The Coast Guard in CT is beginning to mobilize to help in the federal response to the enormous devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, which has dropped to tropical storm strength but continues to pound Texas with massive amounts of rainwater and threatens Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center says heavy rain from Harvey is expected to worsen flooding in Southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. Although it rapidly weakened to tropical storm status, it also stalled over the Gulf Coast, unleashing torrential rains that have caused devastating flooding in Houston and surrounding areas.

Milwaukee Coast Guard officials say even though they have sent resources from the region to Texas, they are prepared for anything that may happen on the Great Lakes. All were in stable condition with no injuries, the Coast Guard said. More than two feet of rain has already fallen and 50 inches is expected before its over.

Two helicopter crews were launched.

The Coast Guard closed the Port of Houston on Friday. In all, the newspaper said, the Coast Guard deployed 14 boats and seven helicopters to Houston.

"If you've evacuated, please stay where you're at", U.S. Coast Guard Capt.

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