Texas Rescue Team for Haiti Stands Down
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - JANUARY 14: Members of Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team conduct a rescue operation January 14, 2010 in a collapsed section of the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The unit was activated by the U.S. Agency for International Development following the January 12 magnitude 7.0 earthquake. Eight people, including seven Americans, have been rescued from the rubble at the hotel. (Photo by Joshua Lee Kelsey/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
An elite search and rescue team from Texas will not fly to earthquake-devastated Haiti and has been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station on Monday said the United Nations mission in Haiti has declared that search and rescue teams in the country are sufficient.
Texas Task Force One was called up by Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, two days after a massive earthquake rocked the Port-au-Prince area. The urban search and rescue team from Texas, with about 80 personnel, plus search dogs, had been on standby in Houston since then.
Flights in and out of Haiti's capital city airport, which suffered damage, have been limited, with commercial service halted to clear the way for military and other recovery flights.
Published at 10:10 AM CST on Jan 18, 2010
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