Local firefighters head to Texas to help with Harvey relief

- Thousands of people are calling for rescues in Texas as floodwaters rise and leave people stranded with nowhere to go.
Now, crews from across the country and Central Florida are on the way to help.

Officials say firefighters from agencies like Orlando, Orange and Seminole Counties are on a task force that left Sunday afternoon.
“We prepared our resources so that as soon as we were called, we were able to go,” said Orlando Fire District Chief Walter Lewis during a phone interview.
The group is bringing boats and other rescue gear with them.
“Our last plan is to go to the Austin area and by the time we get there, we’ll see where the need is most, but we may have to come in from that direction to get to Houston,” Lewis said. “All the resources getting there, hopefully we can catch up with all the people that need the help and be able to provide anything they need before tragedy happens.”
According to Orlando Fire and Rescue, The Central Florida Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 team formed in 2002.

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