Multiple Agencies on Standby For Pecos Flood Watch

Multiple Agencies on Standby For Pecos Flood Watch

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

PECOS - From local law enforcement to the National Guard, multiple agencies are standing by in Pecos to see what happens next.

With armored trucks on the ground and helicopters in the sky, the normally quiet town has completely transformed over the last few days.

"My team members will probably deploy this tent in two hours and be ready to roll," Andres Maldonado, an agent with the Department of Homeland Security, said.

DHS arrived in Pecos early Tuesday morning and set up a command post outside the Red Cross emergency shelter.

"As a rapid response team, we're set up and we train to respond to natural and man-made disasters," Maldonado said.

The rapid response team is a group of agents specially trained in search and rescue.

Members sprang into action on Tuesday to rescue a group of oilfield workers stranded in their flooded work yard.

Maldonado said it's a team effort.

"We have fire and rescue, we have EMS, we have air support," Maldonado said.

The support keeps coming. Border Patrol agents are also standing by ready to go with boats and jet skis.

A convoy of National Guard vehicles are also parked outside the Pecos Fire Department.

Even members of fire departments from Fort Worth, San Antonio and Corpus Christi are in town waiting at a moment's notice.

"In the event that the river crests and the water starts flowing to town, we're ready to respond and assist with all evacuations," Maldonado said.