TDEM Deploys Additional Rescue Resources For Flash Flood Threat in Texas

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October 25, 2023

TDEM Deploys Additional Rescue Resources For Flash Flood Threat in Texas

AUSTIN - At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has activated additional swiftwater rescue resources ahead of rain and flash flooding threats from a storm system moving across the state this week.

“As strong storms move across Texas this week, Texans are urged to stay weather-aware and be mindful of flood risks,” said Texas Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. “TDEM and our state agency partners continue to monitor weather conditions closely as we prepare for any requests for state assistance from our local partners.”

According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall and flash flooding could impact a large portion of the state. Severe weather is also a possibility, with potential for damaging wind gusts, large hail, and tornadoes. Texans are advised to continue monitoring local forecast information.

At the Governor’s direction, TDEM has activated the following additional resources to support severe weather and flash flooding response operations across the state:

  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force 1): Four Swiftwater Boat Squads

The resources mobilizing today are in addition to swiftwater rescue resources activated earlier in the week staged across the Concho Valley and Big Country regions of the state ahead of the weather impacts.

Texans are encouraged to make an emergency plan, keep important documents and emergency supplies in a waterproof location, and heed warnings from local and state officials.

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