HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working diligently to resume normal operations at Houston Port of Entry’s airports and seaport to restart the flow of commercial goods and international passengers as quickly as possible in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey.
CBP officers started processing international flights at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on a limited basis on Thursday, while international arrivals at William P. Hobby Airport are expected to resume Monday. Two cruise terminals are open and cruise ships are expected to arrive this weekend.
“Houston has been hit by a devastating storm, but like the people of Houston, CBP employees are resilient and will continue to carry out the mission,” said Lead Field Coordinator Judson W. Murdock II, CBP Director of Field Operations, Houston Field Office. “Many agency employees have been affected by Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, suffering damage or loss to homes and vehicles. These dedicated employees are still coming to work, helping out their fellow co-workers and family members, and will process arriving international travelers, as they do day in and day out throughout the U.S.”
Airports in the Houston area were temporarily closed as waters deluged airfields and roads at George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports following Hurricane Harvey’s landing.
About CBP Response
More than 500 CBP officers and agents are deployed in Hurricane Harvey response efforts.
As in previous emergency situations, CBP has brought more than 100 agents with emergency medical training to assist local, state and federal search and rescue operations. In Houston, CBP has mobilized the following U.S. Border Patrol assets: three flat bottom boats, four jet skis and two zodiac boats, 10 riverine shallow draft vessels and eight airboats.
In addition to the water rescue efforts, CBP has deployed air assets from across the country with search and rescue and hoist capabilities. Air and Marine Operations AMO) deployed 10 fixed wing aircraft and 10 helicopters specialized in search and rescue missions and law enforcement support.
In terms of riverine assets CBP has deployed more than 52 boats in search and rescue missions. AMO air assets and Border Patrol riverine units and special operations division personnel have participated in rescues of more than 1,360 persons.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.