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In Houston, the LA Fire Department task force assists with search-and-rescue operations

by Take Two staff | Take Two®

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People are rescued from a hotel by boat after Hurricane Harvey caused heavy flooding in Houston, Texas on August 27, 2017. MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

All eyes continue to be on Houston this morning, where catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey continues to endanger thousands of stranded people. More than 3,200 have so far been rescued.

Search and rescue teams from the Orange County, Riverside, and Los Angeles Fire Departments are helping with the rescue effort in southeast Texas. The LA Fire Department team arrived in San Antonio on Monday but was on standby until this morning.

Take Two caught up with Assistant Chief Carlos Calvillo, who is on the ground with the LA Fire Department task force. He was in the process of being deployed as Take Two host A Martínez spoke with him.

"We are a heavy equipment task force, so you can't take the vehicles and personnel into these areas without the proper equipment," said Calvillo.

"We figure once the water will subside, then it will be more of a foot beat to do some search and rescue efforts in the region."

To listen to the full interview, use the blue media player at the top of the page.

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