Members of the Cape Girardeau Fire Department Regional Technical Rescue Team, including personnel from Jackson Fire/Rescue, returned home yesterday from deployment to the Texas Gulf region where they assisted in rescue operations due to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The team originally reported to a staging area in College Station, Texas, and then assisted with rescues in both Fort Bend County and Houston near the Interstate 10 corridor and the Buffalo Bayou. The combined equipment from all four departments on the strike team included five zodiac inflatable rescue boats, three rigid hull boats, and two air-powered boats. The area in which crews were working will likely remain flooded for 20-30 days as reservoirs are still releasing high volumes of water. While working as a 27-person strike team with personnel from the Kansas City Fire Department and Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the team searched 450 homes and rescued 19 civilians and two pets.