Houston spends $2M on high water rescue gear after Harvey
Mar. 01, 2018
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Fire Department will receive $2 million to buy about 20 more boats and high-water rescue vehicles after Hurricane Harvey swamped parts of the nation's fourth largest city.
The Houston City Council approved the funds Wednesday.
Harvey made landfall in South Texas last August. Ensuing heavy rain flooded parts of Houston and forced thousands of residents to evacuate.
Firetrucks and dump trucks had to be used for rescues, along with about 20 other department boats — including some outdated vessels.
Fire Chief Samuel Pena sought funds for more boats and water-related vehicles.
The $2 million is for six high-water rescue vehicles, four swift-water boats and 10 evacuation boats to transport victims. The funding also covers trucks and trailers to haul the boats, along with personal-style watercraft and other gear.