Southeast Texas is currently dealing with the unprecedented after effects of Hurrican Harvey, including what the director the National Weather Service described as “catastrophic flooding.” Houston and areas surrounding it have already seen over 30 inches of rain, and more than 30,000 people are seeking shelter as a result.
Many groups have turned out following Hurricane Harvey in an effort to help those affected by the storm, including the Cajun Navy, a group of good Samaritans from Louisiana. The group, which began 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, announced shortly after Hurricane Harvey hit that it would be heading to Houston to help rescue those left stranded by the storm.
One Cajun Navy member, 39-year-old Joey Hains, who planned to head to Houston first thing on Monday, told USA Today that there are “probably” an “easy 100 people” from the group already in or on their way to Houston.
He explained that, while most of the group’s members have full-time jobs, they’re “just going out” to help to repay the kindness people from Houston showed Louisianans during Hurricane Katrina.
‘We’re just more than willing to go and help wherever we can.’
On Facebook, the Cajun Navy describes itself as a group of people who refuse “to stand by and wait for help in the wake of disasters.” Instead, they will “rise up and unite and rescue our neighbors!”
Another member of the group, Jordy Bloodsworth, told The Advocate, a local Louisiana newspaper, on Sunday about his decision to head to Houston.
‘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. I have every resource within 100 feet of me to help.’
The group announced its plans to continue helping people in Texas over the weekend and created a Facebook group to provide resources for people in need of help:
‘If you’d like to stay up to date on rescue information in Texas, or post a rescue need, aside from your local emergency numbers, this group is up to date and current on necessary information. Stay safe and God Bless!
‘We are thrilled to see the citizens of Texas come together on social media just as many organizations did during the Louisiana Floods. I think it’s true what they say about everything being bigger in Texas.
‘Please share so others can keep track if interested.’
Those who aren’t able to be in Houston in person to help out can also donate to the Cajun Navy through their website.
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