- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Firefighters from a Las Vegas-based urban search and rescue team and volunteers with the American Red Cross are on the way to Texas to help with storm and flood disaster response.

Clark County fire officials say components of Nevada Task Force 1 were activated during the weekend to assist in the wake of hurricane-turned-tropical storm Harvey.

One group of four firefighters will work on hazardous materials identification.

Fourteen others were called for swift-water rescues.

The Nevada task force is one of 28 specialized teams around the country funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Its members also come from the Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas fire departments.

Red Cross administrators say a disaster relief truck and volunteers departed Sunday from the Las Vegas area headed for east Texas.

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