The U.S. National Guard is actively saving civilians and pets affected by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas, and here are some pictures showing the rescue operations.
National Guard personnel have rescued approximately 3,500 civilians and 300 pets so far, but the catastrophic flooding and ongoing weather is hindering some personnel from reaching affected areas, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James C. Witham told Pentagon reporters Tuesday.
Witham clarified to reporters that pets would likely not be rescued by hoisting operations onto helicopters but were being assisted on the ground.
Approximately 3,500 to 4,000 Texas National Guardsman are also involved in search and rescue operations, with another 25,000 to 30,000 troops preparing to be deployed if called upon by GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.