Texas deploys resources to Louisiana to assist with Hurricane Zeta response

If Zeta strikes Louisiana, it would be the fifth named storm to do so this season, setting a record for the state

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will deploy Texas A&M Task Force 1 to Baton Rouge, Lousiana to assist the state in their response to Hurricane Zeta.

The deployment includes a Type 3 Urban Search and Rescue team consisting of 45 personnel, 6 boats, and canines, according to a statement from Governor Abbott. This deployment fulfills a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to the state of Louisiana as Hurricane Zeta approaches landfall.

“The resources deployed by TDEM will help our neighbors in Louisiana respond to Hurricane Zeta and keep Louisianans safe,” said Governor Abbott. “Thank you to the first responders of Texas A&M Task Force 1 for providing this crucial assistance to the state of Louisiana. I ask my fellow Texans to pray for our neighbors in Louisiana as Hurricane Zeta approaches their shores.”

Now a Category 1 storm with 90 mph sustained winds, Zeta could strengthen to Category 2 and accelerate to over 20 mph before moving ashore. It was about 220 miles southwest of the mouth of the Mississippi River at 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported.

If Zeta strikes Louisiana, it would be the fifth named storm to do so this season, setting a record for the state.