Thursday, August 31, 2017
By Mark Carter
Texas game wardens were called into action this week as Hurricane Harvey hit the southeastern corner of the state and left historic flooding in its wake.
More than 200 game wardens were mobilized to help in rescue efforts as massive rains left thousands stranded in flooded homes and on rooftops in Houston and surrounding areas.
The Houston Chronicle has video of Texas game wardens helping rescue families. Wildlife officers from Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana were mobilized as well, and they joined first responders and others from numerous states to assist in relief efforts.
A Texas game warden assists a Houston family this week in the Hurricane Harvey aftermath. (Texas Parks & Wildlife via Houston Chronicle)
Game wardens have been on the job since floodwaters caused by the storm began to rise in the Houston area and along the southeastern Texas coast. Harvey first made landfall August 25, and after stalling over the Houston area, it receded to the Gulf of Mexico before hitting the coast again.
A category 4 storm at its peak (category 3 and above are considered major hurricanes), Harvey is the first major hurricane to hit landfall in the U.S. since Wilma in 2005.
Below, the Associated Press posted video of Texas game wardens in action, rescuing distressed wildlife including footage of a buck stranded on a front porch surrounded by flood waters:
Meanwhile, the Texas Wildlife Association sought to help those affected by the storm. This week, it distributed articles and links to help members, local property owners and others deal with the hurricane aftermath.
A statement from the Insurance Council of Texas details protections under Texas law for those impacted by the storm, and the group Texans for Lawsuit Reform provided an outline of insurance laws and procedures related to storm coverage.