Virginia Task Force 2 returns from Harvey relief

Virginia Task Force 2 returns from Hurricane Harvey relief

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- More heroes just returned home to Hampton Roads after helping save people in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Virginia Beach-based Urban Search and Rescue Team Virginia Task Force 2 (VA-TF2) arrived at the FEMA warehouse in Virginia Beach on Tuesday night, a little more than a week after 14 members were sent to Katy, Texas.

This team is made up of firefighters and other public safety personnel from around Hampton Roads.

During their time in Texas, they helped participate in hundreds of rescues, going from house to house in boats, pulling people to safety.

For some of these guys, this is the seventh or eighth hurricane they responded to... but they say Harvey was one of the worst, because how large the flooded area was. They say the biggest surprise was the people themselves, and how they remained in high spirits despite such devastation.

As these members return home, nearly 50 other members of Task Force 2 are in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They're ready to help out with Hurricane Irma rescue efforts and are prepared to stay 10 to 14 days, and possibly longer.

 

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