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Nevada National Guard sends helicopter to assist in Harvey rescues

A Nevada Army Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew flew to Texas this week assist emergency responders facing the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The helicopter crew will assist the Texas National Guard with search-and-rescue missions in the Houston area. The helicopter can carry 36 people and more than 25 tons.

Sgt. Zandra Duran said the eight-member crew left from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Stead, north of Reno, at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The crew was expected to return in five to seven days, with two days of travel time each way.

This mission is the first request the Nevada Army Guard has received related to Hurricane Harvey, officials said, but the Nevada Guard has gotten help from other states this year, said Sgt. 1st Class Erick Studenicka.

“We just concluded the flood response up at Lemon Valley in northern Nevada, and several fires this year,” he said.

In 2005, the Nevada Guard sent some of the first out-of-state Army and air units to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.

Nevada’s Task Force 1, an urban rescue team specializing in swift water rescue and hazardous materials, deployed to Texas on Monday.

Contact Ben Botkin at bbotkin@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-0661. Follow @BenBotkin1 on Twitter.

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