Texas Task Force not needed in Haiti

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by Associated Press

wfaa.com

Posted on January 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 18 at 3:09 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — An elite search and rescue team from Texas will not fly to earthquake-devastated Haiti and has been demobilized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Texas Engineering Extension Service in College Station on Monday said the United Nations mission in Haiti has declared that search and rescue teams in the country are sufficient.

Texas Task Force One was called up by Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday, two days after a massive earthquake rocked the Port-au-Prince area. The urban search and rescue team from Texas, with about 80 personnel, plus search dogs, had been on standby in Houston since then.

Flights in and out of Haiti's capital city airport, which suffered damage, have been limited, with commercial service halted to clear the way for military and other recovery flights.

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