Teams from Pennsylvania head out to help with Hurricane Irma

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"We were in the water going at it", Rescue team manager Capt. Seth Johnson said.

The team was one of several positioned in Georgia by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Additionally 18 members of the task force are also preparing to leave for St. John's in the US Virgin Islands to help efforts there said the task force.

Inland Truck Parts and Service in north Lincoln rearranged its workload so its staff could quickly inspect the task force's rigs once they returned from Texas late Tuesday.

Captain Danny Scharff said, "there's a little added stress to that". Harvey entered the Texas Coast as a category 4 hurricane and then became a major tropical storm, dropping a record-breaking 51.88 inches of rain on the state, making it the largest single rain event in US history.

Ohio Task Force 1 helping out a fire department
Ohio Task Force 1 helping out a fire department

For LES, they're unsure of what exactly their jobs will be.

Another hurricane, another deployment for Boone County's Task Force One. "In the meantime, they could get different assignments, so it depends on what happens with the hurricane and teams that are in front of them and what assignments those get and what they need for backup".

Lincoln Fire and Rescue will continue to maintain its normal staffing levels by using overtime to backfill the vacancies, Despain said.

The 11 members had arrived by air and are already helping with targeted searches on St. Thomas, with four more members heading there by ferry to help move vehicles and equipment used by the task force. "There's a great group of people willing to help", Ganger said.

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