Private citizens from Louisiana’s fleet of small boats, nicknamed the “Cajun Navy,” have returned — this time to help out Houstonians who found themselves trapped by floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Last August, the Cajun Navy came to the rescue of stranded Louisiana residents during a time of record rainfall that put many homes underwater. The fleet used phone apps to help navigate flooded streets with their boats and rescue citizens stuck on the roofs of their homes. The Cajun Navy was responsible for thousands of rescued residents and their pets that year.
Now the Cajun Navy is back to rescue Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas in the same manner.
— Billy Nungesser (@BillyNungesser) August 27, 2017
“We all did it back in August,” Brandon Cavin of the Cajun Navy told WVUE-TV. “These guys over there need us, so we go where we’re needed.”
According to the Cajun Navy’s official Facebook page, the volunteer fleet arrived in Houston early Monday morning and are already assisting Houstonians in need.
The Cajun Navy said they will be using the “Zello” app and urged those in need to download it themselves. The Zello app allows users to turn their smart phones into walkie-talkies for better communication and coordination with the the private fleet.
According to KTLA-TV, the Cajun Navy will be joining more than 3,000 National and Texas Guardsman in the rescue effort. KTLA reported that President Donald Trump himself will be visiting Texas as well. The president will be staying out of the more heavily affected areas.
A navy within an army
The Cajun Navy is not the only private-citizen group coming to the rescue of Texas flood victims.
The Lighthouse Charity Team, one of Galveston’s largest charities, has utilized old military vehicles and flat bottom boats to rescue stranded citizens.
Lighthouse Charity urged any resident of Galveston with a flat-bottom boat to rendezvous at the Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, Texas, to assist in rescue efforts. Lighthouse is currently working alongside Galveston County authorities to coordinate rescue efforts.
Glenn Beck’s charity organization, Mercury One, also has more info on who is on scene rendering assistance and how you can help.