Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
of Coast Guard's Hurricane Harvey response efforts
NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard has completed search and rescue operations in
response to Hurricane Harvey but continues to work alongside the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency and other federal, state and local partners to
address pollution concerns as a result of the storm.
During their response to Hurricane Harvey, Coast Guard men and women rescued
11,022 people and 1,384 pets.
Involved in the Coast Guard response were:
2,060 active duty, Reserve, civil servant and Auxiliary personnel from as far
away as Guam, Alaska and Hawaii
50 rotary and fixed-wing aircraft
75 shallow-water boats
Of the 2,519 Coast Guard members who live in the impacted areas in Texas, 51
suffered catastrophic property loss and 124 others reported property damage.
Most of the members who experienced these losses were heavily involved in
response efforts despite the personal challenges they faced.
“The Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Harvey is one of the largest our
organization has seen in decades, and men and women from the furthest reaches
of our service answered the call to assist others in their time of need,” said
Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, commander of the Coast Guard 8th District. “I’m
incredibly proud and humbled by the resiliency of our first responders who were
deeply impacted but continued to work around the clock to save more than 11,000
people in a matter of days.”
All commercial ports in Texas have reopened, and Coast Guard captains of the
port for the Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston captain of the port zones are
continuing to evaluate and reassess port restrictions. Mariners can check port
Many of the same Coast Guard crews and assets that deployed in response to
Hurricane Harvey are now preparing to respond to Hurricane Irma. More
information about the Coast Guard's preparations for Hurricane Irma are
available at www.news.uscg.mil/hurricane-irma.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is leading Hurricane Harvey pollution
response efforts, and media questions about the Coast Guard's pollution
response should be directed to the EPA public information officer at
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