Coast Guard urges Texas residents to stay safe

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is urging Texas residents to stay safe and not to venture out while storm damage is assessed, Saturday morning.

Coast Guard members are in the process of coordinating resources to respond appropriately.

“Although the storm has passed and people may think the worst is over there are still concerns of rain and flooding,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “We want everyone to stay safe and remain where they are while the Coast Guard begins to assess damage and disperse resources.”

A Sector Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane were deployed Saturday morning to conduct patrols and assess damage with intent of opening port of Brownsville, Texas.

Coast Guard Western River Flood Punt Teams, who use shallow-draft vessels that are capable of responding in flooded urban areas, are en route to three staging areas in Texas and Louisiana.

The Coast Guard reminds the public of these important safety messages:

– Stay off the water. The Coast Guard search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm condition strengthen. This means help could be delayed.

– Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas. Trailerable boats should be pulled from the water. Be sure to secure loose items.

– Stay clear of beaches.

– Stay informed. Information can be obtained through local television, radio, Internet, and VHF radio channel 16.

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