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'I think he's barbecuing': A helicopter view of the Texas flood with the California National Guard

'I think he's barbecuing': A helicopter view of the Texas flood with the California National Guard

The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter skimmed a few hundred feet over the trees, patrolling for targets.

The crew of six scanned the trees and buildings below for anything resembling the human form. Except this wasn't Baghdad or Kabul. It was East Texas.

"We got a mission," one of the crew members radioed. "It's a woman and a child that needs pickup."

Across this blue-collar refinery town, a buzzing sound has filled the air in the days since floods from Tropical Storm Harvey rampaged across the coastal plains of southeast Texas.

At Jack Brooks Regional Airport, the tarmac was filled with a fleet of aircraft on missions of mercy, including C-130...

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