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Georgia deploys Air National Guard crew to Houston

Gov. Nathan Deal has authorized a Georgia Air National Guard unit to head to storm-battered Texas and help with the recovery of Hurricane Harvey.

The governor's order dispatched a C-130 cargo aircraft and crew from the 165th Airlift Wing to a Texas air base to help deploy people, equipment and supplies across the flood-ravaged Houston area.

Georgia joins a growing cadre of states that have sent Guard units to hard-hit areas around Houston to offer their manpower and equipment amid the growing crisis. Deal's announcement came a day after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mobilized all 12,000 members of the Texas National Guard.

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