Texas Governor activates entire Texas National Guard

Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017. (Photos by 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has activated the entire Texas National Guard to help with damage from Hurricane Harvey. 

According to the governor's office, this will bring the total number of deployed guardsman to about 12,000. They will assist in search and rescue for those in immediate danger. The Texas Guard already had about 3,000 personnel deployed. The office says all Texas Military Department personnel should report to their units. 

“It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm,” Abbott said in a statement.