Tampa Bay area task force, Duke Energy called to Texas to help with Harvey

A drives moves through flood waters left behind by Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Aransas Pass, Texas. Harvey rolled over the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, smashing homes and businesses and lashing the shore with wind and rain so intense that drivers were forced off the road because they could not see in front of them. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Rescue teams from the Tampa Bay area are heading to the state of Texas to help with recovery efforts through areas flooded by Harvey.

The storm unloaded heavy rain across the state over the weekend, leaving many stranded in cars and homes underwater.

Urban Search and Rescue Florida Task Force 3 (TF3), which consists of Tampa, Hillsborough and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue were deployed to assist with Swift Water Rescue Operations.

“It’s like anything, when you train and train and train, until you actually execute that training to see if it is as effective at helping others, there’s always that apprehension, that bit of excitement to see how well you’re prepared,” said District Chief Ken Huff.

Two swift water rescue teams comprised of 18 members and seven logistical support members left Tampa on Sunday. They will stay in Texas until Sept. 6.

Duke Energy dispatched about 100 line contractors to Houston to help the hundreds of thousands without power.

Click here to donate directly to the Red Cross relief efforts in the Gulf. 

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