(Bloomberg) – Aviation regulators imposed a prohibition on hobbyist drones and other civilian aircraft flying in the area affected by Tropical Storm Harvey after concerns were raised about potential interference of rescue efforts.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued the new restrictions Tuesday following one of the worst natural disasters in recent history as rains continue to pummel parts of Texas in a deluge that began Friday night.

Crowded skies

Air Force Major General James Witham called the potential that a small civilian drone might interfere with a military plane aiding in the relief "a big deal" in a Pentagon briefing Tuesday.

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