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W.Va. National Guard prepared to assist flood-stricken Texas

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Published: Aug. 28, 2017 at 5:36 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – West Virginia is prepared to send assets and personnel to help assist with the devastating damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas.

The West Virginia National Guard will be among personnel put in place to help if needed, Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday.

Formerly Hurricane Harvey, the storm continues to dump enormous amounts of rain over eastern Texas, including in the Houston area.

“West Virginia stands ready, willing and able to provide first responders to assist our fellow Americans in Texas and in other areas along the Gulf Coast as they continue to deal with the massive flooding and devastating damage being caused by Tropical Storm Harvey,” Justice said in a news release. “I encourage all West Virginians to join Cathy and I as we pray for their safety and well-being.”

Maj. Gen. James Hoyer with the West Virginia National Guard said it has “a broad array of disaster response and recovery resources” to help in “an event of this magnitude.”

Also, the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is coordinating possible resources including swift-water rescue teams, Director Jimmy Gianato said.

Gianato adds there have been no requests for help at this time.