Navy helicopter rescues storm victims in Port Arthur, Beaumont

Navy helicopter rescues storm victims in Port Arthur, Beaumont


AREA. SUCH A WIDE AREA. WE APPRECIATE YOUR REPORTING THERE.>>>THERE ARE MANY BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY HELPING IN RELIEF EVIDENTS RIGHT NOW. TODAY A — EFFORTS RIGHT NOW. A NAVY HEALTH DEPARTMENT WAS HELPING IN THE PORT ARTHUR AREA.>>AND TRAVELING WITH THEM IS PHIL ARCHER. PHIL?>>Reporter: YEAH, A LOT OF THE MILITARY HEALTH HEALTH — MILITARY HELICOPTERS YOU’VE SEEN HAVE BEEN STALING HERE IN KOLZ — STAGING HERE IN COLLEGE STATION. AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FLOODING THEY WERE MAKING HUNDREDS OF RESCUES DAILY. THANKFULLY THOSE CALLS ARE STARTING TO SLOW DOWN NOW. WE WENT OUT THIS MORNING ON A CHOPPER WITH THE NAVY HELICOPTER. IT’S USUALLY PACED IN VIRGINIA. — BASED IN VIRGINIA. THESE SAILORS WENT RIGHT TO WORK RESCUING STRANDED HOUSTONIANS. FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS THEY’VE BEEN FLIGHTING SORTIES IN THE PORT ARTHUR AREA. TUESDAY THEY RESCUED EIGHT PEOPLE IN PORT ARTHUR AND A DOG. BY HOISTING THEM INTO THE CHOPPER. THE WATER IS RECEDING TODAY BUT IT’S STILL STANDING IN MANY HOMES. ABOUT 75% OF THE CITY WAS FLOODED BY HARVEY. THE GOOD NEWS IS, BUSINESS IS SLOWING DOWN. YESTERDAY THE CREW RESCUED TWO PEOPLE. TODAY THIS WERE NONE. — THERE WERE NONE.>>POMONT AND — BEAUMONT AND PORT ARTHUR SEEM THEY’RE DOING BETTER, WHERE THERE WERE MASSIVE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT NEED RESCUING ON THE FIRST, SECOND DAY. BUT NOW IT’S LOOKING A LOT BETTER OVER THERE.>>Reporter: THEY WERE RESCUING AUSTIN SANDERS STILL DROPPED DOWN ON THE HOIST THIS AFTERNOON. THE CREW SPOTTED A GROUP OF CARS GATHERED OUT A RURAL ROAD THERE SURROUNDED BY FLOODWATERS. SANDERS, A MEMBER OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVES, ASSIGNED TO THE NAVY CHOPPER, WENT DOWN JUST TO CHECK.>>THERE WAS SOME TEXAS RANGERS DOWN THERE WITH BOATS AND WE WERE KIND OF SCANNING THAT AREA, SO WE THOUGHT WE’D GO DOWN THERE, MADE CONTACT, SEE IF THEY NEED ANY HELP.>>Reporter: THE CHOPPER WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO COLLEGE STATION EARLY TODAY.>>Reporter: THE CREW MEMBERS WE TALKED TO ESTIMATE THAT THEIR SQUADRON ALONE HAS CARRIED OUT MORE THAN 300 AIR RESCUES SINCE THEY ARRIVED HERE. REPORTING LIVE IN COLLEGE

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