Coast Guard operations update in response to Hurricane Harvey

The Coast Guard responds to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 28, 2017. The Coast Guard is working closely with all federal, state and local emergency operation centers and has established incident command posts to manage search and rescue operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland.

The Coast Guard responds to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 28, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Johanna Strickland.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to search and rescue requests in response to Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 28, 2017.

U.S. Coast Guard air crews and punt teams from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts and have saved more than 3,600 people from flooded homes and streets.

In total, there are 21 helicopters assisting with around-the-clock rescue operations in Houston: seven MH-60 Jayhawks and 14 MH-65 Dolphins.

“The Coast Guard is continuing to work with all federal, state and local agencies for rescue operations in the Houston area. We have pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable force,” said Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. “This is a united effort that is still in the early stages and we are focused on the safety of those in the affected area and saving lives.”

For imagery and video of the Hurricane Harvey response, please visit the CoastGuardNews.com Flickr page.

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