Coast Guard using Ellington Field for Isaac rescue operations

August 30, 2012 6:59:08 AM PDT
Many people in Louisiana who stayed behind during Hurricane Isaac are now in desperate need of rescuing after floods consumed their homes. Houston is playing a big role in the rescue of those victims. The Coast Guard is using Ellington Field for its rescue operations.

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.