One of the positives that emerged from the catastrophic and life threatening flooding seen in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been the “Cajun Navy.”
Amid rising water and blocked highways, Harris County officials put out a desperate call for boats and high-water vehicles, and helpful folks from as far away as Louisiana responded.
Do you have a HIGH WATER VEHICLE or BOAT and helping rescue in your community? Call us to coordinate: 713-881-3100. Ask for Fire Marshal. pic.twitter.com/D3SfSYWgxr
— Harris County OHSEM (@ReadyHarris) August 27, 2017
A photo making the rounds on Twitter showed a convoy of trucks pulling small boats headed for Houston, along with the caption: “#Houston Hang on. The CAJUN NAVY is already activated and on the way.”
— KPLC (@KPLC7News) August 27, 2017
Civilian heroes rose to the occasion, showing that the divisive politics brought on by the political parties and the media do not define who we are as a people.
Jumping in, these brave Americans helped save hundreds of victims from the flood waters.
— ABC News (@ABC) August 29, 2017
— The Advocate (@theadvocatebr) August 27, 2017
“I can’t look at somebody knowing that I have a perfect boat in my driveway to be doing this and to just sit at home,” Baton Rouge resident Jordy Bloodsworth told The Advocate.
And while the “Cajun Navy” assisted in the rescue of countless victims, some of the heroes almost became victims themselves, as isolated looters tried to prey on them.
Members of the civilian navy shared in a Facebook post that they were shot at by apparent looters.
“Clyde and the other team members and teams are all safe,” the post began. “Looters decided to pose as people needing rescue and they attempted to overtake the boats and there were shots fired at the boats. I repeat they are all safe. Looters must have not wanted our boats in the water for rescues. Please feel free to share this post. We are currently on stand down pending a new strategic plan.”
The assertion, captured below, has since been deleted, but an apparent volunteer confirmed as much in a video posted on Twitter.
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) August 29, 2017
An individual named Clyde Cain spoke with KTRK about the shootings, although it’s not clear of this is the same Clyde referenced above:
— Corryn? (@Corrynmb) August 29, 2017
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed to ABC News that looters were about, saying they have “already arrested a handful.”
The Cajun Navy volunteer’s remarks referenced above can be seen below:
— News Feed (@nrnewsfeed) August 29, 2017
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