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Volunteers step in as rescuers for Hurricane Harvey victims

Volunteers step in as rescuers for Hurricane Harvey victims

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 Cajun Navy, which includes Cain's group and others organized under similar names, has mobilized volunteers from throughout the region to step into the gap.

As Harvey continues dumping rain on East Texas and the waters there continue to rise, people are starting to panic, rushing rescue boats and even shooting at them if they don't stop, a volunteer told CNN.

"I've got so many phone calls", he added, "no one actually got shot, they shot at the boats...shots were fired so everyone's just being very careful going around any of the areas where there's actually stores or whatever watching for looters".

"And we were going to leave but we were too lazy to leave because we just got rid of guests and were by ourselves", Ms West said. The group of good Samaritans are also using technology - including Facebook and the app Zello - to find and rescue those desperately in need of help.

The Cajun Navy has grown since it was organized in Louisiana in 2005 and now has thousands of followers on its Facebook page. We are one American family. "They were misinformed. A gentleman through the Cajun Navy in Baton Rouge was able to locate the relatives and have them get back over to her".

They formed over 12 years ago, and have been rescuing stranded flood victims ever since.

The Louisiana grassroots volunteer outfit has already been credited with several rescues, including helping to resuscitate one Houston woman floating facedown along a flood street, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Those who have arrived have brought their own boats to aid in the rescue efforts.

"Are these bad people or people who wanna be rescued?" asked host Carol Costello. They sit on high ground, so even though his city is paralyzed McIngvale isn't anxious about flooding.

"We did this during Katrina and we had a couple hundred people staying for a couple days", he told CNN.

"It's really bad", he told "America's News HQ".


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