TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas is sending teams to areas of Texas raved by Hurricane Harvey to help conduct search and rescue operations.

The Kansas Adjutant General’s Department said in a news release that two state agencies, 14 fire departments, one police department and one sheriff’s office are sending boats and crews to operate them. Some of the teams left Wednesday, and others are leaving Thursday for the Gulf Coast.

As the water receded, Houston’s fire department said it would begin a block-by-block search Thursday of thousands of flooded homes. The death continues to climb. The victims include six family members — four of them children — whose bodies were pulled Wednesday from a van that had been swept off a Houston bridge into a bayou.