Cajun Navy Volunteers Rescue Hundreds From Houston Floods
The rescue group known as the "Cajun Navy" has performed hundreds of rescues since Hurricane Harvey flooded the Houston area on Monday.
The Cajun Coast Search and Rescue team, a Louisiana volunteer group is composed of anyone who owns a boat and wants to rescue flood victims. The group formed after Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana in 2005.
The rescue group performed rescue operations during the deadly Louisiana flooding last year and also helps people prepare for storms. The group includes around 20 boats, 5 trained K-9 dogs and a military rescue vehicle.
Commander Toney Wade said the hurricane was among the top two weather situations he has ever seen.
"It's really bad," he told "America's News HQ." "It's been overwhelming to say the least."
Louisiana has this thing called the Cajun Navy. Anyone who owns a boat and is willing will go rescue flood victims. It's a beautiful thing. pic.twitter.com/cTIk8zZPF0
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Some of those rescued were trapped in the upper stories of hotels or on roofs. One elderly woman was facedown in the water when the Cajun Navy found her and resuscitated her. The rescuers provided clean drinking water and blankets as they transported victims to safety.
"It's something within our heart.," Wade said. "I think the driving force to keep us going is the hugs, the kisses, the gratitude that we're shown."
It is "heartwarming" to see the "look of relief" on people's faces, he concluded.