Civil Air Patrol captain heads to Texas

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Civil Air Patrol Volunteers are giving us a birds eye view of the devastation left behind by Harvey taking nearly 9,000 photos. Of those volunteers, one from the Stateline is headed down to Texas to help survey the damage.

Captain Richard Jenson of Rockford’s Civil Air Patrol will be making the trip down to Texas to help FEMA get a better idea of the hardest hit areas to send first responders. Jensen says while he has never been on a mission of this scale, he signed up as soon as he heard Texas would need help after Harvey’s landfall.

“This is my first big one, so I’m not really sure what to expect, except to be busy. It’s a large area to cover, so we’re going to have a lot of people down there it seems like,” says Jensen.

A Civil Air Patrol spokesman says volunteers are focusing in the areas of Corpus Christi and Rockport where Harvey made landfall, as well as the heavily flooded areas around Houston and nearby rivers.