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Cajun Navy arrives in Houston to help rescue flood victims

Cajun Navy arrives in Houston to help rescue flood victims
Cajun Navy arrives in Houston to help rescue flood victims
Posted at 8:17 AM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 04:21:48-04

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - One year after the Cajun Navy fleet deployed to pluck stranded families from the flood waters that overwhelmed southeast Louisiana, the volunteer rescuers have mobilized again. 

“We're planning a large push to head in probably in the next day or so when things calm down about. It's just something we have to play by ear a bit and see how the weather cooperates,” Jon Bridgers Sr., an organizer in charge of the Cajun Navy 2016 Facebook page, said Sunday.

Bridgers returned home to monitor calls for help and to help organize volunteers online.

Like the great flood of 2016, many families trapped in Houston are turning to social media, posting horrific pictures of families trapped by high water, pleading for help. Most posts include addresses and phone numbers. One video has been circulating of Montel Williams relaying information about a man in a broken wheelchair needing assistance.

Bridgers, and other volunteers are sharing those with the grassroots group with hopes of connecting rescuers on the ground in Houston with those victims.  He’s also helping organize volunteers collecting water and food to take to Houston once the water recedes.

“It's going to be the same situation as what we had back last year,” said Bridgers.

Bridgers said the images coming out of Texas are haunting and bring back memories that are all too fresh. It also brings back a determination to help.

“Don't give up hope, we're coming as quick as we can,” said Bridgers.

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