Texas Wing provides aerial imagery support for State of Texas

DENTON – Civil Air Patrol’s Texas Wing wrapped up a week of aerial imagery missions  for the Texas Division of Emergency Management Sunday after seven consecutive days of operations.

Texas Wing aircrews flew a combined total of 52 damage assessment imagery missions and courier flights for TDEM during the period of April 18 – 24.

1st Lt. Volker E. Schmidt from 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron in Conroe, Texas, takes a picture of the flooding in Harris County. Photo by Maj. Stephen G. Barati, 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron in Conroe, Texas.

1st Lt. Volker E. Schmidt from 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron in Conroe, Texas, takes a picture of the flooding in Harris County. Photo by Maj. Stephen G. Barati, 7-6 Air Cavalry Composite Squadron in Conroe, Texas.

Volunteers photographed areas in Harris and Wharton counties flooded by recent rains.  Areas of concern included the city of Wharton, Cypress Creek, Addicks and Baker Reservoirs, Spring Creek, White Oak and Brays Bayou.

A total of 17,231 images were delivered to the State of Texas. Maj. Steve Robertson, director of emergency services for the Southwest Region stated that the Texas Wing imagery was used by multiple state and federal agencies to drive decision making. Also, the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency was using imagery provided by Texas Wing until satellite imagery became available.

In March 2016 Texas Wing volunteers flew 96 sorties and delivered 16,899 images of flooded areas along the eastern border of Texas.

Flooding of U.S. 59 near West Fork of San Jacinto River in Harris County. Photo by Civil Air Patrol for the State of Texas.

Flooding of U.S. 59 near West Fork of San Jacinto River in Harris County. Photo by Civil Air Patrol for the State of Texas.

Texas Wing Operations Center in Denton will continue to monitor the weather forecast as additional severe weather is expected to impact Texas this week and may cause additional flooding.