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Arizona search and rescue unit returning home after hurricane duty

In this Sept. 13, 2017, photo, a house with its roof blown off by Hurricane Irma in Summerland Key, in the Florida Keys. Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bulls-eyes on two of the country's fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

PHOENIX — An Arizona urban search and rescue unit is returning home after weeks of duty in Texas and Florida after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Phoenix Fire Department says the 80-member Arizona Task Force One is scheduled to return to Phoenix Saturday evening after a 21-day deployment for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, City Council members and Fire Department employees and their families plan to greet the returning team members at a Fire Department facility in southwest Phoenix.

The unit worked eight days in communities outside Houston and ten deployed to Florida.

The unit is returning in a convoy of more than 20 trucks pulling boat trailers, box trucks and high-tech equipment.

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