Coast Guard rescues 28 people, 12 cats, 3 dogs and assists four residents during historic Midwest flood

Brookport, Ill.--Coast Guard reservists from Marine Security Detachment Cincinnati ferry an emergency response team across the flooded community of Brookport, Ill., in one of their Disaster Area Response Teamâ??s (DART) boats May 4.  Brookport has been turned into an island as rising floodwaters have blocked all land routes into and out of the city. Photo by Isaac D. PachecoPADUCAH, Ky. — Coast Guard Disaster Area Response Teams have rescued 28 people, 12 cats, and three dogs from rising waters, and assisted four additional residents in the Midwest region during record level flooding as of Thursday.

The DARTs also delivered sandbags to some residents in southern Illinois and assisted with sandbagging efforts.

The Coast Guard staged the DARTs in support of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the mid-western states to save lives and minimize damage to property from historic flood levels. The Coast Guard crews are also standing by to assist with environmental hazards that may be caused by the flooding.

There are also one HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans on scene.

DARTs consist of six crewmembers that are capable of conducting operations in shallow water and urban environments. Each DART is outfitted with three, 16-foot shallow water boats, various rescue and communications equipment, and supplies.

DART crewmembers in conjunction with state and local first responders are also assessing flood levels in various communities to render assistance to residents before evacuation is necessary.

The Coast Guard reminds residents to heed the warnings of local officials and not venture into unsafe conditions.

Images of the DARTs at work can be found can be found here.

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