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Cortland and NYS Help Houston Following Hurricane

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Jason McRae

Jason McRae

A tractor trailer full of supplies from Cortland was scheduled to head toward Houston on Sunday night.

Jason McRae of Stupid Choppers on Rt 281 helped organize the collection of a truckload of water, food and personal products.



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Just down the highway at Royal Auto Group, public donations of nearly $5,300 were collected for Red Cross flood relief efforts.

Royal’s Joe Reagan credits the Cortlandville Fire Department for making the fund drive a success.



Thomas Hargrave from Cortland is one of about 83 (updated total) central and western New York Red Cross volunteers helping in Houston.

57 volunteers and three Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) from the Western and Central New York Region are in Texas, on the way, or supporting the relief efforts remotely.

How To Help
The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this devastating storm and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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More than 120 Air Guard aircraft and crews from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard are home.

The team rescued more than 540 Houston people.

According to a statement provided by the governor’s office, the pararescue personnel began operations on Monday, August 28 with rescue teams deployed in the three helicopters and three boat rescue teams operating in the Houston and Katy, Texas areas.

The wing is manned by more than 1,000 military and civilian personnel and also performs civil search and rescue missions as well as assisting state disaster relief and other state emergencies as directed by the Governor.

“I am proud to join the governor and all New Yorkers in welcoming home our Airmen who spent this week showing Texas and the nation that the value of our hard training and dedicated personnel pays off at home just as much as the warfight overseas,” said Maj. Gen. Anthony German, the Adjutant General for the New York National Guard. “These Airmen showcased the value of our National Guard as always ready, and always there.”

Watch: Video of rescue mission

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