Thousands form ‘Cajun Navy’ and head to Houston to rescue people with their own boats
The Houston area is seeing record flooding as Tropical Storm Harvey makes its way through.Tropical Storm Harvey creates massive flooding throughout Houston and Southeast Texason Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Louisiana’s “Cajun Navy” has mobilized and is in Texas helping rescue those who are affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.
“We the people of Louisiana refuse to stand by and wait for help in the wake of disasters in our State. We rise up and unite and rescue our neighbors,” the Cajun Navy says on its Facebook page, which currently has more than 80,000 followers. The group is now extending its efforts to help Texas, too.
The Cajun Navy has taken its volunteer services to Houston, where it will use its own boats and other vehicles to help rescue those affected by the flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey.
The storm is one of the worst natural disasters in Texas history. More than 24 inches of rain has been dumped over the Houston area, and some areas are expected to get more than 50 inches of rain.
The National Weather Service in Houston reported at least five people dead, and that number was expected to grow as flooding increases.
The flooding has been described as “catastrophic” and “unprecedented.” And, notably, 50 inches of rain is more than many Texas towns see in a year combined.
Sometimes, in the face of natural disasters that are devastating and deadly, some light shines through that shows the true nature of kindness and support in the United States.
Many Twitter users applauded the Cajun Navy’s efforts.
“The ‘Cajun Navy’ is out there with their boats rescuing people stranded by Hurricane Harvey – God bless them,” Franklin Graham tweeted.
One user tweeted: “SHARE: ‘Cajun Navy’ asks those who need help to download the Zello Walkie Talkie app & type ‘Texas search and rescue.’ ”
And another user said: “The Cajun Navy is giving back to the people who took them in over a decade ago.”
Donations can be made to the Cajun Navy through its website.