Hurricane Laura: 7 Dayton fire department members deployed among Ohio Task Force 1

Seven members of the Dayton Fire Department were deployed with Ohio Task Force 1 to help with rescue efforts in areas effected by Hurricane Laura.

The team left Dayton Wednesday night, according to the fire department.

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“The DFD is proud of our highly trained technical rescue team members that step away from work and family at a moment’s notice for these deployments,” the department said.

Ohio Task Force 1 urban search and rescue team was activated Wednesday. An 85-member team with 16 vehicles headed to the College Station, Texas, area for staging.

The team assembled at 5 p.m. Wednesday and were scheduled to leave at 9 p.m. from its Vandalia warehouse, task force public information officer Phil Sinewe said.

Hurricane Laura strengthened Wednesday to a Category 4 and may bring “unsurvivable” storm surge to the Texas-Louisiana border, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 1 a.m. Thursday Hurricane Laura made landfall in southwestern Louisiana.

The storm has the potential to leave areas uninhabitable for weeks or months and power outages lasting for months in places.

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This is the 15-year anniversary for Hurricane Katrina, a large Category 5 hurricane that led to more than 1,800 deaths and caused $105 billion in damage, particularly in New Orleans, in August 2005, according to the National Weather Service.

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