Local help headed to storm areas

A Civil Air Patrol team from North Dakota is in Texas to assist in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Casey DeVos, Bismarck, prepares his camera for aerial photography while Minot’s Shawn Huizenga, background, completes a preflight inspection of a CAP aircraft. Submitted Photo

Local people are pitching in to help with recovery efforts in Texas and Florida. Both areas were hit by hurricanes in recent days, Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. In both cases damage has been extensive.

The U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, North Dakota Civil Air Patrol, has been dispatched to Texas. Two flight crews are in the southern state to help with flying photography missions for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Three Minot men are included in the effort. They are CAP members Leonard LaPorte, Travis Partin and Sean Huizenga. The pilots are Chad Smith and John Steiner of Fargo.

Xcel Energy has sent approximately 70 employees from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin to Florida. They will be working with Tampa Electric to help restore power for customers effected by Hurricane Irma. One Xcel crew and their trucks were dispatched from Minot, Fargo and Grand Forks.