Colorado emergency units await orders to deploy to Texas in wake of Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 3:53 PM, Aug 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-27 11:12:42-04

DENVER – The state of Colorado is stepping up to help those affected hundreds of miles away as a strong Tropical Storm leaves a path of widespread devastation in the Texas Gulf Coast.

Four Longmont Emergency Unit volunteers are packed and awaiting approval from the Colorado Department of Emergency Management to head to Texas, according to unit Chief Bryan Flansburg.

So what’s the hold up? Flansburg said Texas first has to request the aid and then Colorado officials must approve the deployment of the Longmont Emergency Unit.

He added the Longmont Emergency Unit sent their request to Colorado officials at 9 a.m. Saturday and hadn’t heard back by 1:30 p.m., meaning they could leave late Saturday or Sunday.

Meanwhile, disaster workers from both Colorado and Wyoming were deployed along with equipment to the Texas Gulf Coast on Thursday to help relief efforts due to potential flooding in Houston.

Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) from Red Cross offices in Grand Junction, Northern Colorado and Denver, will primarily aid in carrying food and other supplies to local neighborhoods that have been affected by flooding.

The Tropical Storm has left at least one dead and at least a dozen more injured. 

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