Austin Fire Department sends additional firefighters to Louisiana as Hurricane Barry makes landfall

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 48,000 customers are without power across Louisiana, as Tropical Storm Barry churns in the Gulf of Mexico closer to shore.

A team from the Austin Fire Department was sent toward the city of Beaumont along the Louisiana border Friday. The team consists of two boats and thirteen men.

Saturday, AFD deployed an additional seven firefighters to Denham in Louisiana. They make up an Urban Search and Rescue Team and are joined by Texas Task Force 1 and a FEMA Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team.

The Crews plan to help with water rescues or evacuations that may happen once Hurricane Barry makes landfall.

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