An articulated truck made here in the North East is helping to save the lives of people trapped by the flood waters in Texas.
As the rain continued to fall and catastrophic flooding spread across many areas of the US state, rescue workers continue their work to aid in relief efforts.
Among the kit being used to reach people is a Caterpillar truck which was made in Peterlee.
Brent Losey, product manager of Caterpillar Articulated Trucks Peterlee, said: "We have all heard stories about how the products we design, build and support have helped to build many
infrastructure projects around the world, and by extension, helped to make the world a better place, however, it’s rare for us to see our products so directly and immediately impacting the
lives of people in such a positive way.”
Ryan Beasley, Houston District sales manager for Caterpillar Global Construction Infrastructure, said the vehicles have been critical to rescue operations.
He said: "We delivered three new 745Cs articulated trucks recently to a local earthmoving contractor, and they used the trucks throughout downtown Houston yesterday to help rescue
people trapped on their roofs by the quickly rising water."
Mustang Cat, a Caterpillar dealer in Southeast Texas, received a call from the Houston Police Department early Tuesday asking for an additional truck to help with rescue efforts and the
delivery of food to isolated shelters. Mustang Rental quickly fuelled and prepped a 740B articulated truck to deliver a few hours later.
Mustang and Louisiana Cat are gearing up with light towers and portable generators available, and Mustang today placed an order with Cat Work Tools for more than 100
attachments - mostly grapples and buckets with thumbs - anticipating the clean-up that should start over the weekend.
The teams are partnering to assist first responders and law enforcement and, in the coming days, once flood waters go down, they will shift into higher gear providing machinery and
support for the recovery and rebuild efforts.