Katy community grateful for the help, support of El Paso guardsmen

El Paso National Guard member in Katy, Texas. (KFOX14/CBS4)

El Paso National Guard members are playing a big role in aiding those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

The headquarters for Joint Task Force Harvey is in Katy, Texas. It’s a major operations hub that covers all affected areas.

That’s also where dozens of National Guard members from El Paso have been stationed as they deploy deeper into southeast Texas.

Now people in Katy are paying it forward to the men and women who have come to their rescue.

Some El Paso guard members drove a military convoy that was headed to the Texas-Louisiana border Friday afternoon.

“We’re starting to deliver equipment,” Sgt. Chris Farmer said.

Farmer is a Hanks High School graduate. He’s been in Katy for several days, along with hundreds of other National Guard soldiers.

“It’s been really interesting. It’s pretty hectic. Other times we’re standing by waiting what to do next or where to go,” Farmer said.

Katy High School has become a command post of sorts, as Texas guardsmen fan out into communities where Hurricane Harvey touched off historic floods.

“It’s heartbreaking, but we’re here to help,” Jose Camargo said.

Camargo is a Parkland graduate who arrived in Katy on Tuesday, a day after Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard.

Cpl. Daniel Kim is also from El Paso.

“We’re trying to do our part to get out to people that are in need,” Kim said.

Maj. Jason Johnston is a public information officer for the Joint Task Force and says community members have paid it forward by donating water, food and other supplies to the soldiers stationed there.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and I wouldn’t expect anything else from the Texas community,” Johnston said.

Brenda Martin from Katy said she’s seen firsthand how supportive everyone has been.

“We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the love and prayers from the whole country,” Martin said.

Maj. Johnston says the community here in Katy is emblematic of the Texas strong spirit that has emerged post-Harvey. “There's a lot of pride in Texas, and someone told me if you thought Texas was prideful before, just wait till our boots dry off. It's only going to get better from here."

Originally, the search and rescue operations were happening in communities west of Houston and in Houston. But now most of the soldiers who were stationed in Katy are operating farther east, where the crisis continues.

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