Outdoorsmen to the rescue in Hurricane Harvey
By Christen Smith
Louisiana’s Cajun Navy headed for Houston Monday to help with ongoing rescue efforts in the city (Photo: Louisiana Cajun Navy/Facebook)
Louisiana’s “Cajun Navy” came to the aid of thousands of Houston residents this week stranded in the rising flood waters left behind by Hurricane Harvey — the strongest storm to hit the continental U.S. in more than a decade.
The unofficial volunteer group of sport fishermen and duck hunters maneuvered their flat-bottomed aluminum boats through debris — both natural and man-made — clogging up city streets, plucking handfuls of survivors from the water along the way and transferring them to larger boats or shelters.
“They can handle their boats better than the average fireman, who handles a boat once a year during annual training,” retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, told the Washington Post Tuesday. “They use their boats all the time and know their waters, and know their capacity. It’s an old professional pride. It’s like good food: Some people didn’t go to the Cordon Bleu, but they can cook like hell. That’s these fishermen and their boats.”
The Cajun Navy formed 12 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Honore led the joint task force after the storm responsible for coordinating military-relief