Virginia National Guard helicopters, soldiers heading to Texas

Virginia National Guard flight crews load up five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Aug. 31, 2017, and head toward Texas, where they will assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Approximately 40 Virginia Soldiers departed from the Army Aviation Support Facility in Sandston, Virginia, along with several members of the Chesterfield County Fire and Emergency Medical Service Scuba Rescue Team. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Terra C. Gatti)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Terry McAuliffe is deploying emergency response resources to go to Texas to help those impacted by storm damage and flooding caused by Harvey.

Seven National Guard helicopters and about 40 soldiers are going to support rescue operations.

Two MH-60 Navy squadrons from Norfolk — including 112 personnel and six helicopters — are already in Texas. They’ve rescued hundreds of people so far.

The American Red Cross, Operation Blessing and the the Virginia Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team, of Virginia Beach, are also in Texas helping with response and relief efforts.

Local military squads, rescue organizations help with Harvey relief

Twenty Virginia Department of Forestry staff members are in southeast Texas as well to help the U.S. Forest Service.The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is sending emergency managers to help with sheltering operations and the coordination of the many volunteer organizations on the ground.

“As the people of Houston and other nearby areas continue to struggle with the terrible impacts of Hurricane Harvey, Virginia is ready to provide whatever assistance we can,” said Governor McAuliffe. “When any one of our fellow states deals with tragic events of this scale, we all have a responsibility to step up and do everything we can to help.”

McAuliffe is calling on Virginia residents to donate to legitimate causes helping with Harvey relief.

Harvey relief efforts – How you can help

The Red Cross says financial donations are a critical need at this time. Click here to donate.