Houston-based Professional Drone Services of Texas has been pitching in with Houston flood rescue and relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey, assessing flood levels around the Harris County sheriff’s constable’s office and courthouse in Spring, TX.
Specifically, PDS was taxed with flying the intersection of Cypresswood Drive and Steubner Airline Road to survey residential flooding along the notoriously flood-prone Cypress Creek area.
“We were able to do this because of our airspace waiver for David Wayne Hooks Airport – even with a temporary flight restriction in place” explains Professional Drone Services of Texas pilot Hayden Franks. PDS also has airspace waivers for George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
Here are some shots of the flooding devastation captured by our drones:
This second picture shows the same view, but 100 yards further back:
Commercial drone services are required to get such waivers around airports and other areas where unmanned aerial vehicles may collide with other aircraft or compromise public safety or security (for instance, they weren’t allowed to fly anywhere near President Donald Trump when he came to Texas to show support for Hurricane Harvey flood victims.)
“Our hearts go out to all our neighbors in this tragedy, and we want to help in any way we can,” said PDS president and owner Wayne Franks.
If you need aerial imaging services to assess flood damage – or for any other reason – please don’t hesitate to contact us!