25 Photos Of The National Guard In Action Following Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, made landfall near Rockport, Texas. Over the next four days, Harvey wreaked havoc over Texas and Louisiana, dropping more than 40 inches of rain in many places. The floods resulting floods destroyed thousands of homes, displacing more than 30,000 people and prompting 17,000 rescues. Preliminary estimates place the damage at nearly $190 billion.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott immediately mobilized the Texas National Guard to assist in rescue efforts. Since the storm, thousands of Guardsmen from other states — including as far away as Alaska — have also arrived in Texas and Louisiana to assist in rescue and relief efforts.

Check out the photos of the National Guard in action during and after Hurricane Harvey below and if you’d like to help victims of the storm, consider donating to JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund.

Airmen from the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing conducting rescue operations in the Beaumont, Texas area on August 30, 2017. The 106th Rescue wing deployed 120 Airmen, three HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft to aid the Texas National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)

Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard support relief efforts to residents of Cyprus Creek as they fight back from the effects of Hurricane Harvey. (US Army National Guard photo by: Capt. Martha Nigrelle)
Staff Sgt. Class Richard Call, of the New Jersey National Guard, and members of New Jersey Task Force 1, assist evacuees into a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) to during water rescue operations in Wharton, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017, due to devastating effects caused by Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Robert Shelley
Alaska and California Air National Guardsmen unload search and rescue equipment from a Texas Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion after being inserted into an emergency operations center established at the Orange County Convention and Expo Center in Orange, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017. The Guardsmen team are from the AKANG’s 212th Rescue Squadron and CAANG’s 129th Rescue Wing. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
Members of Army National Guard, with Texas Military Department’s 36th Sustainment Brigade, comprised of multiple Army National Guardsmen and members of New Jersey Task Force 1, conduct high water rescue operations in Wharton, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017, due to devastating effects caused by Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Robert Shelley)

Air force Tech. Sgt. Jordan St Clair, a pararescueman with the 103rd Rescue Squadron of the 106th Rescue Wing assigned to the New York Air National Guard, and Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Napolitano, a special missions aviator with the 106th’s 101st Rescue Squadron, carry an elderly man from an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter to a local Beaumont hospital August 30th, 2017. The members of the 106RQW spotted the feet of the man’s caretaker hanging outside a window and were able to bring the pair to safety. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel H. Farrell)
Louisiana National Guard members, of the H Company and C Company from the 3-156th Infantry Regiment and 199th, prepare and stage to deploy rescue missions on August 30, 2017. (Courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard)

Texas National Guard members from the 386th Engineer Battalion work alongside first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to rescue local citizens from severe flooding in Cypress Creek, August 28, 2017. Soldiers, fire fighters, paramedics and neighbors ensured more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats were safe, evacuating them to dry ground and local shelters. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)
California Air National Guard with the 129th Rescue Wing continue to conduct water rescue operations in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Guardsmen are patrolling the area in motorboats, looking for people who are trapped in their homes or on rooftops because of the massive flooding. Once the residents are safely in the boats, the Guardsmen provide any necessary medical care and transport them to the nearest shelter. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
California Air National Guard with the 129th Rescue Wing continue to conduct water rescue operations in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Guardsmen are patrolling the area in motorboats, looking for people who are trapped in their homes or on rooftops because of the massive flooding. Once the residents are safely in the boats, the Guardsmen provide any necessary medical care and transport them to the nearest shelter. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
Alaska and California Air National Guard Airmen are transported to Fort Hood, Texas, along with two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters that have been configured to fit inside of the massive C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft Aug. 29, 2017. The Guardsmen will be tasked with missions to support the Texas National Guard and the state of Texas with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and as ongoing storm conditions continue to inflict damage. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
Texas National Guard Soldiers respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Pruitt)
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard conduct water rescue missions in Friendswood, Texas, Aug. 29, 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Airmen patrolled the area in motorboats, looking for people who were trapped in their homes or on rooftops because of the massive flooding. Once the residents are safely in the boats, the Airmen provide any necessary medical care and transport them to the nearest shelter. (U.S. Air National Guard photo)
Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)
California Air National Guard with the 129th Rescue Wing continue to conduct water rescue operations in Vidor, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Guardsmen are patrolling the area in motorboats, looking for people who are trapped in their homes or on rooftops because of the massive flooding. Once the residents are safely in the boats, the Guardsmen provide any necessary medical care and transport them to the nearest shelter. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Balinda O’Neal Dresel)
Brian Archibald, a rescue specialist assigned to the South Carolina Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team Delta in McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., points to a someone who may need help on August 31, 2017 in Port Arthur, Texas. The SC-HART are specialized in search and rescue and are capable of recovering people in distress. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez/Released)
Texas National Guard members from the 386th Engineer Battalion work alongside first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to rescue local citizens from severe flooding in Cypress Creek, August 28, 2017. Soldiers, fire fighters, paramedics and neighbors ensured more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats were safe, evacuating them to dry ground and local shelters. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)
Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017. (Photo by 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD)
Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photos by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)
Texas National Guard members from the 386th Engineer Battalion work alongside first responders from Texas Task Force One and the Cypress Creek Fire Department to rescue local citizens from severe flooding in Cypress Creek, August 28, 2017. Soldiers, fire fighters, paramedics and neighbors ensured more than 1,000 people and hundreds of dogs and cats were safe, evacuating them to dry ground and local shelters. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photos by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)
Texas Guardsmen from the 386th Engineer Battalion pick up large debris following Hurricane Harvey in Victoria, Texas, August 26, 2017. More than 1200 Texas Guardsmen partnered with Emergency first responders to support hurricane rescue missions throughout the Gulf Coastal areas of Texas. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Martha Nigrelle)

Louisiana National Guard members, of the H Company and C Company from the 3-156th Infantry Regiment and 199th, prepare and stage to deploy rescue missions on August 30, 2017. (Courtesy of the Louisiana National Guard)

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey. (Photo by Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD)