Leander Fire assisting storm victims in Montgomery County
(Photo courtesy Leander Fire Dept.)
The Leander Fire Department is assisting Harvey storm victims near Houston. Chief Bill Gardner says 10 of his people and some of his vehicles including a boat and a fire engine are in Porter, Texas in Montgomery County which is getting walloped. "Where they are supporting locals with water evacuation, water rescues, and then, as utilities and power comes back on there's a rapid increase in the number of fires because of the electrical shorts that occur."
Gardner says they've been busy with water rescues and putting out fires. "They currently will be there seven days. They'll be relieved by another crew from the City of Leander on site there and that crew will stay there for another seven days following that." The two strike teams consist of one that will assist in search and rescue and another that is helping with putting out fires as electricity comes back to downed wires.
"They are tied in with a group out of the East Texas branch of the Texas Interstate Fireman's Mutual Aid System, with folks from Kilgore, Bryan and Nacogdoches."
Leander is also helping to provide support as part of the regional response to hurricane flood victims.