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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut sent eight airmen from the Connecticut National Guard with a C-130H cargo plane to help with the Hurricane Harvey response.

The eight airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard departed East Granby this afternoon.

“We know what it’s like to experience extreme weather events, and we know how vital it is for local and state governments to work together and provide assistance during times of natural disasters or other emergencies,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said.

He said Connecticut stands ready to provide support in the ongoing response and recovery efforts.

“The growing emergence of extreme weather events has transformed the way we respond to emergencies and is a key reason why we must continue strengthening our infrastructure to withstand the types of catastrophic storms that we’ve experienced in recent years,” Malloy added.