Ohio Task Force 1 rescues 35 people, 15 pets from Houston floodwaters

Published: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 1:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 @ 7:08 PM

OHTF1: Making rescues in Houston

UPDATE @ 6:54 p.m.

Ohio Task Force 1 rescued 33 adults, 2 children and 15 pets on Dairy Ashford Road Tuesday in Houston, according to WHIO’s Gabrielle Enright. 

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The group is now moving to White Wing Lane to perform additional rescues in the Memorial neighborhood west of downtown Houston. 

FOLLOW: News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright during her journey in Texas. On Facebook and Twitter @GEnrightWHIO

Tropical Storm Harvey continues to linger over the Gulf Coast as thousands in the Houston area take shelter in downtown convention centers and churches. 

Stay with WHIO for local reports of rescue efforts from the scene of what weather professionals have deemed the heaviest tropical downpour in U.S. history.

Members of Ohio Task Force 1 help residents and pets living on Dairy Ashford Road in Houston’s west side onto boats Tuesday afternoon. Chuck Hamlin/Staff

INITIAL REPORT (Aug. 29)

News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright and Chuck Hamlin are on scene in Houston, Texas where an Ohio Task Force 1 and U.S. Coast Guard rescue is underway.

An apartment complex along Dairy Ashford Road in Houston's west side has flooded, with as many as 50 people trapped inside.

Residents of an apartment complex on Dairy Ashford Road in Houston wade through floodwaters with a canoe Tuesday morning. Chuck Hamlin/Staff

Vehicles are submerged and rescue boats are now out in the water. 

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The operation is being led by Ohio Task Force 1. You can follow the operation live on Gabrielle Enright’s Facebook. 

NewsCenter 7's Gabrielle Enright is with Ohio Task Force 1 as they unload boats to be used during water rescues in Downtown Houston Tuesday morning.