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Missouri Task Force 1 assisting with rescues, evacuations in Texas

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Missouri Task Force 1 has been deployed to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts (Credit: Boone County Fire Protection District/Facebook) Missouri Task Force 1 has been deployed to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts (Credit: Boone County Fire Protection District/Facebook)
Missouri Task Force 1 on a flooded Texas street (Credit: Boone County Fire Protection District) Missouri Task Force 1 on a flooded Texas street (Credit: Boone County Fire Protection District)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

As Hurricane Harvey approached the coast of Texas, groups of volunteers in Missouri and Illinois were ready to help those impacted by the storm. 

Friday, Missouri Task Force 1, which is based in Columbia, departed the state to head to a staging location in San Antonio, Texas. The group brought along over 100,000 pounds of equipment and 47 team members from all across Missouri. 

The group was also authorized to add another swift water rescue component and 14 swift water technicians to the team.

Since arriving Friday night, Missouri Task Force 1 has assisted in rescuing and evacuating hundreds of people and pets.

In other hurricane relief efforts, the American Red Cross sent thousands of disaster relief workers and supplies to Texas as part of a massive storm relief effort.

Two volunteers from the American Red Cross Serving South Central Illinois were also deployed, with more volunteers expected to be deployed in the coming days. Emergency response vehicles from Springfield and Herrin, Ill. were also activated ahead of the storm. 

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