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Hurricane Harvey flood victims evacuated on planes leaving from Scholes International Airport at Galveston
by Robert Mihovil
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurricane flood victims evacuated at Scholes International AirportThe evacuation of Hurricane Harvey flood victims was safely carried out late Monday afternoon at Scholes International Airport at Galveston.  "We were very fortunate that our airport location was able to remain open and continue emergency operations until midnight last night. Everything went very smoothly and all the agencies worked together extremely well," Airport Director Mike Shahan said.

With the assistance of Texas National Guard, Galveston EMS, Galveston Fire Department, Galveston City personnel, Galveston Beach Patrol, Airport Staff and volunteers, we were able to evacuate approximately 160 flood victims from the Dickinson area, onto C-130 aircraft to fly them to Dallas.

Flood victims from Dickinson were transported to Odyssey Academy by bus, shuttled to Scholes International Airport by Galveston Island Transit, checked in by Galveston Firefighters, EMS and Police, then assisted by the Galveston Beach Patrol and Texas National Guard onto the aircraft. 

Houston Hobby Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport are still closed. 

"We've had additional rain today with water on parts of the Galveston Airport, but we still have 3600 feet of usable runway, enough for the C-130's to operate," Shahan added. 

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