HOUSTON – The Houston Fire Department will receive more than $2 million in new equipment for high water rescues after the Houston City Council voted Wednesday to approve the purchase.
The purchase includes 16 additional vehicles for high water rescues and transports, four swift water rescue boats, 10 evacuation boats, four wave runners and a $30,000 drone, among other equipment needed during flood events.
Houston firefighters made thousands of high water rescues during Hurricane Harvey.
"As it stands right now, our abilities are limited in that we only have 10 boats for the whole city, six rescue boats and one high water vehicle," Pena said.
Channel 2 Investigates has been tracking the city's lack of flood rescue resources since the Memorial Day flood in 2015.