Governor Abbott Deploys State Flood Resources To Northwest Texas

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to deploy state emergency response resources in response to the significant flooding and severe weather threat that is currently impacting Northwest Texas.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted pockets of heavy rainfall between 3 to 6 inches, which could lead to additional flash flooding. NWS also forecasts an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms in the western portion of the state, bringing threats of large hail, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes.

At Governor Abbott's direction, TDEM has activated several state resources to support flood response operations. These include two Swiftwater Boat Squads from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas A&M Task Force 1), two Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System Strike Teams comprised of High Profile Vehicles and two Boat Teams from the Texas A&M Forest Service, personnel from the Texas Department of Transportation to assist with traffic control and road closures, Game Wardens and Boat Squads from the Texas Parks and Wildlife, helicopters with hoist capability from the Texas Department of Public Safety, personnel from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Public Works Response Team) to support flood pump operations, two Ground Transportation Platoons with High Profile Vehicles from the Texas National Guard, air/water/wastewater monitoring from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and personnel from the Texas Animal Health Commission to provide livestock support. TDEM is also contracting additional water pumps to assist local jurisdictions impacted by flooding.

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Additionally, TDEM has placed several resources on standby to support flood operations as warranted. These include Urban Search and Rescue personnel from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (Texas Task Force 2), Severe Weather Packages from the Texas Department of State Health Services (Emergency Medical Task Force). Shelters are being opened in impacted jurisdictions for those who need them.

Governor Abbott urges Texans to regularly monitor weather and driving conditions over the next several days as flash flood threats continue. He also encourages people not to travel in impacted areas during this time for their own safety. He thanked all emergency personnel who are protecting communities during these storms.

Finally, when it is safe to do so, Texans are encouraged to self-report property damage using iSTAT at or visit for travel conditions updates in impacted areas.

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