Helpers with boats urged to call Texas officials
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana volunteers with boats who want to help with rescues in Texas are urged to call Houston police or Texas Task Force 1 in College Station before heading west.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says it's been getting calls from boaters who want to help, but it's not the coordinating agency.
Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Ed Pratt said in a news release Monday that the number for Houston Police is 713-881-3100. For the task force coordinating search and rescue efforts in College Station, Texas, call 972-841-2105 or e-mail TTF1soc.texas.gov.
He says the department's Enforcement Division has sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston area to help with search and rescue. Pratt says all of Louisiana's agents remain on alert and will be dispatched to the Houston area as requested.