Governor activates entire Texas National Guard

2017-08-28 20:26
Governor Greg Abbott gives a briefing at the State of Texas Emergency Command Centre as they monitor Hurricane Harvey. (Suzanne Cordeiro, AFP)

Governor Greg Abbott gives a briefing at the State of Texas Emergency Command Centre as they monitor Hurricane Harvey. (Suzanne Cordeiro, AFP)

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Houston - Texas' governor is activating the entire Texas National Guard for search and rescue efforts following Hurricane Harvey, bringing the total deployment to roughly 12 000.

Governor Gregg Abbott said on Monday that it's "imperative we do everything possible" to protect lives. About 3 000 guard members had already been mobilised along the Texas coast.

Abbott says Texas is now activating others who are physically able and not currently deployed elsewhere.

Houston officials say they have rescued more than 2 000 people from flooding in the city. Harvey made landfall on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane.

Fire personnel have responded to more than 5 500 calls for service in the city since Harvey began pounding the area this weekend.

Fire Chief Samuel Pena said during a news conference on Monday that hundreds of emergency responders from across Texas and beyond are coming to Houston to help with rescue operations. 

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