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These Are The Real American Heroes Saving Hurricane Harvey Survivors In Texas

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The Associated Press

Rescue efforts are fully underway in Texas after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the state this past weekend.

Swaths of the Lone Star State are underwater and the rain is expected to keep falling for several more days.

In what is being called an unprecedented flood, the state is anticipating a total of 50 inches of rain in a matter of days.

There have been more than 2,000 rescues in the Houston area and at least 5 deaths have been blamed on the storm. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Guard have been deployed to assist in the rescue mission.

ABC News reports that 3,000 national and state guard service members, 500 vehicles and aircraft have been deployed.

Residents with boats joined the effort, many spent long hours carrying families to safety.

Grassroots volunteers who called themselves the "Cajun Navy," mobilized to help out thousands of stranded Texans. They know what they're doing too - in 2016, they banded together to rescue people during the Louisiana Flood.

The devastation could take years to recover from, but for now, the only focus is on rescuing those who are trapped by the rising waters. But who are the unsung heroes of this effort?

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