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Scott Sends More State Resources To Help Texas

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FWC photo by Avery Bristol
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers on scene in Flagler Beach after Hurricane Matthew.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday he is directing more resources to Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Scott is deploying additional Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers and resources to Houston in response to additional requests from Texas for continued emergency assistance following Hurricane Harvey.

“This weekend, we sent important disaster response support to Texas and following their request for further assistance, I am immediately deploying additional FWC officers and resources,” Scott said in a news release. “Hurricane Harvey was the largest storm to impact Texas in more than fifty years and it is crucial that we continue to work together to help our fellow Gulf Coast state during their time of need. I was glad to speak with Governor Abbott this morning to let him know Florida is sending more resources and we stand ready to offer Texas our continued support. We will keep Texas families in our thoughts and prayers.”

Currently, 37 FWC officers and 21 boats are in route to Houston to support ongoing response efforts. More than 60 officers and nearly 20 boats will deploy today. This weekend, 25 FWC officers, 17 high water vehicles, two Mobile Command Centers, eight shallow draft vessels and four patrol boats arrived in Houston after being deployed Saturday night.  

These officers will be assisting with ongoing search and rescue and disaster response

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