Coast Guard using Ellington Field for Isaac rescue operations

HOUSTON

Four helicopters took off from Ellington Thursday ready for any scenario. Two Coast Guard helicopters from Mobile and two from New Orleans are prepared to engage in rescue operations.

They are equipped for full search and rescue with a 600 pound hoist and rescue swimmers. Rescuing people will be their first priority.

"We'll be getting people who are perhaps stuck on their roofs or stuck in high ground areas surrounded by high waters. Once all that's taking care of we'll be looking at damage assessments from the store, in particular the levees are always a concerned around New Orleans and then just a general survey of the area," said Lt. Michael Robert Darrah with the U.S. Coast Guard.

This will happen today weather permitting.

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