Crews around the Bay Area head to Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey aftermath

Bay business collecting hurricane relief donations
Posted at 5:22 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 23:28:43-04

Several teams from around the Bay are heading to Texas to help after Hurricane Harvey left catastrophic flooding and damage around parts of Houston and other areas around the coast.

A team from the Hillsborough, Tampa and St. Pete fire departments deployed from Pensacola on Monday to offer support to the affected region.

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The team includes 18 members and seven logistical support members to help with swift water rescue operations.

Duke Energy also sent out help, depleting around 100 contractor resources.

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The Salvation Army of Florida sent equipment and personnel to the most affected areas of the Lone Star State. However, they tell us they have been delayed on their journey to Texas because of road closures. 

"We're working with the department of transportation to make sure we can get there as quickly as possible," said Jerry Stickney.

Stickney is planning to drive the portable showers through Waco and then into Houston.

They should arrive by Tuesday.

The owner of one local business, O'Neil's Tree Service, plans to send four trucks full of water and other supplies on Wednesday.

They'll be collecting donations at two locations before they head out.

Those locations are:

Earthscapes Garden Room at 816 Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor and Walker Ford located at 17556 US 19 N in Clearwater.

Owner Apollo O'Neil says they've used the trucks to help with disaster relief before, but this is the first time they arrive to help with the trucks loaded with supplies.

"What these trucks are designed for, when a hurricane hits or a natural disaster hits, they move the debris to the side of the road and haul it away," he said, "Really they are glorified trash trucks at the end of the day, but that's what we are doing with them."