Update on Coast Guard Hurricane Harvey rescue operations

A Coast Guard aircrew assists infant during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 29, 2017. The Coast Guard has pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable response force. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chase Redditt.

A Coast Guard aircrew assists infant during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 29, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chase Redditt.

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard, federal, state and local agencies continue to respond to the greater Houston metro area Wednesday.

Currently, there are 21 Coast Guard helicopters and nine Coast Guard Flood Punt Teams, with 26 shallow-draft vessels, capable of operating in flooded urban areas.

Coast Guard has rescued more than 4,361 people and 113 pets.

If you are in a flooding situation, stay calm, do not panic and get to high ground immediately.

Do not call for rescue if you are not in a life-threatening situation. Rescue teams are prioritizing rescues by urgency. We are not able to facilitate requests for assistance on social media.

If you, your friends, or family need emergency assistance, call and provide your location, zip code, street name and number of people, in need of assistance, to 911 first, your local county emergency operation center and then Coast Guard Houston-Galveston command center at:

  • 281-464-4851
  • 281-464-4852
  • 281-464-4853
  • 281-464-4854
  • 281-464-4855

For those who want to volunteer, please call Harris County voluntary hotline at 713-881-3100.

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



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