LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas is sending 1,500 National Guardsmen to Texas to help the state as it recovers from Harvey.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced he had authorized the deployment of the guardsmen to Texas. Hutchinson’s office says the guardsmen will leave on Saturday and the deployment could be up to 30 days.

The guardsmen will conduct search and rescue operations, as well as other mission requirements as needed.

Hutchinson says he authorized the deployment after speaking with the commander of the Arkansas National Guard and the head of the state’s department of emergency management, following a request from Texas.

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