STEAD, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Army Guard crew is headed to Texas to assist in emergency operations in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

Eight crew members took off in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Guard's aviation support facility at Reno-Stead Airport just north of Reno.

Sgt. Erick Studenicka says the helicopter can carry 36 people and haul more than 25 tons of equipment and supplies.

He says the crew is expected to refuel and spend the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before landing in Dallas on Thursday to receive its final instructions from Texas National Guard officers. There expected to be assigned to search and rescue missions in the Houston area.

The Nevada Army and Air Guard sent multiple units to New Orleans in 2005 to help respond to Hurricane Katrina.