August 30, 2017 / 5:19 PM / a month ago

24,000 National Guard troops being deployed in Texas: governor

Texas National Guard soldiers assist citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. Aug. 27, 2017. Lt. Zachary West/U.S. Texas Military Department/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Wednesday that 24,000 National Guard troops, including 10,000 from outside the state, were being deployed in Texas in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, and that 33 counties were now covered under a federal disaster declaration.

“We’ve added 14 counties,” Abbott told a news conference in Austin, Texas. “By being included in this federal disaster declaration, individuals as well as local governments are going to be eligible for aid from FEMA,” he said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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