CAP moves operations base to Denton

As Hurricane Harvey becomes a distant memory to most of the country, the Civil Air Patrol is still flying high over southeast Texas taking photographs of areas devastated by the storm.

The Texas Wing Incident Command Post moved from San Marcos to Denton on Friday with CAP aircraft continuing flight operations out of two fixed wing bases located in San Marcos and Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base.

 “CAP still has a huge presents in Texas and will be here until we are no longer needed,” said Lieutenant Colonel Rick Woolfolk, incident commander for the Hurricane Harvey mission. “There are 256 CAP volunteers from 27 states assisting the Texas Wing to provide quality imagery to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and state of Texas in a timely manner.”

With 45 flights were flown Friday, CAP aircrews recorded chemical and hazardous waste issues and damage to key infrastructure throughout the Houston area.

“Crews will also fly over Port Arthur, Beaumont and city of Houston photographing the amount of waste put on the curb to help in determining the amount of loss for each residence,” said Woolfolk. “Plus, CAP was providing an airborne repeater for Texas Task Force 1 over the Beaumont/Port Arthur area while they were doing search and rescue activities.”

In addition to daily imagery flights, CAP pilots provide transportation for VIPs as needed. First Lt. Justin Clevenger, Indiana Wing, transported Scott Thomas, FEMA director for emergency response for Hurricane Harvey from Austin to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base. This was the first time Thomas, a pilot himself, had flown with the Civil Air Patrol.

The Civil Air Patrol has been operational since Aug. 26. All images are delivered daily to the Center for Space Research in Austin and to date over 200,000 images have been delivered. The collection area goes approximately 90 miles inland covering 23,000 square miles including the city of Houston and eight major rivers. Images may be viewed at http://csr08.tacc.utexas.edu/moves/public/.  

 

Submitted by the Civil Air Patrol

San Marcos Daily Record

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