Coast Guard pulls people from rooftops in Harvey aftermath


U.S. Coast Guard air crews and punt teams from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts and have saved more than 3,600 people from flooded homes and streets.

Crews from Humboldt Bay Coast Guard Air Station, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco deployed on Monday to help with search and rescue operations.

As of 10:00 p.m. Monday night, the National Hurricane Center places Tropical Storm Harvey 70 miles (110 kilometers) East of Port O'Connor, Texas and about 145 miles (235 kilometers) Southwest of Port Arthur, Texas.

Rescues are continuing in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey with members of the Michigan Coast Guard now in Texas helping out. The storm's winds decreased, but it stalled over the state, causing massive flooding in Houston and surrounding areas.

"After saving lives, the Coast Guard is going to be saving property", Mazin said.

The flooding is expected to worsen this week, with some areas getting more than 50 inches of rain.

Equipment used by the Coast Guard included two MH-65 helicopters, the Times reported.

"Our response has been conducted with DHS [Department of Homeland Security], FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency], state and local and county governments", he said.

The U.S. Coast Guard performed rescues from above to bring people trapped on their roofs in Houston to safety.

"Without better weather, relief efforts are mostly ground-based, and everyone is gathering intel on available resources and preparing how to respond with helicopters once the weather is flyable", he said.