- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is sending helicopters, National Guard soldiers, rescue swimmers and others to Texas to help deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Gov. Henry McMaster’s office said Tuesday that McMaster has signed an order to provide help requested by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The state is sending two South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams consist of four National Guard soldiers and rescue swimmers from across the state. South Carolina is also sending a ground team of eight soldiers and nine rescue swimmers.

McMaster’s office also says the South Carolina Forestry Commission is sending 18 members of its incident management team to Texas on Wednesday to help with ongoing flood recovery efforts in Texas.

McMaster says the state is ready to provide any additional help Texas may request.

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