The National Guard stated on Tuesday that it has begun to prepare for deployment numbers between 20,000 and 30,000.
Although Gov. Greg Abbott has not yet requested the troops, the Guard nonetheless has begun to prepare. Major Gen. James Witham, director of domestic operations for the National Guard Bureau told reporters that because of the extent of the disaster and the expected prolonged recovery in Texas they have begun preparing in anticipation of being called to help.
Witham is quoted as saying, “I would like to emphasize that our response to this hurricane has been different to anything we’ve experienced before and we expect it to be much longer in terms of the response phase in terms of what we could normally see with a hurricane.” He continued by saying the state of Texas could choose to deploy a total of about 12,000 state guardsmen who are available.
Hurricane Harvey has continued to dump unprecedented rain for days over southeastern Texas since Friday. The storm has caused massive flooding in the Houston metro area and tens of thousands of residents have evacuated into shelters. Thousands of rescues have been performed by boat and helicopter.
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