Cajun Navy to the Rescue: A Lesson In Taking Care of Your Own

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Tri-Lakes 200403070

   What is the Cajun Navy you ask? Well, it is the TRUE first responders to the horrendous flooding that is affecting the Baton Rouge LA area and expanding as it flows to the Gulf.

       Cajun Navy Facebook Page

Is the flooding over? Not until the water flows in the Gulf of Mexico.

                                                                                       Cajun Navy in Baton Rouge

To set the stage of the Cajun Navy this was the scenario: Rain fell in unprecedented amounts for 3 days, resulting in totals between 20 and 30 inches. That's a lot of water falling out of the sky. Louisiana residents are used to hurricanes and dealing with water, but this was a true flash flood of biblical proportions.

The water rose so quickly that people could not even gather clothes or their animals. They literally were scrambling to get out or get up on the roof.

As learned in previous natural disasters, it is very difficult and impossible for a federal response where there are not passable roads. So the first responders and continual responders has been from people helping people. 

If you live in "Sportman's Paradise", you most likely have a boat. The flat bottom jon boat, (pronounced JOE boat in Louisiana) is perfect to navigate shallow water and drive the boat to the window of a home.

The Cajun Navy assembled in Baton Rouge, made up of fisherman, duck hunters, gator hunters, wildlife and fisheries employees and people wanting to help people. The Cajun Navy was prominent in the rescue of hurricane Katrina evacuations. They can launch a boat off an interstate highway, a front yard, or wherever needed. Many had to launch their boat in their own driveway!

As the Cajun Navy wraps up the human rescue they begin the animal recovery. It is very sad to see dogs treading water and animals trying to find anything that floats to stand on . This is a photo from facebook that shows the rescue of chickens. 

                                                                                  Baton Rouge Flood animal rescue

Only 1 in 8 residents in East Baton Rouge have flood insurance as this area has never flooded. Flooding is continuing to affect additional areas, as the water flows to the Gulf of Mexico. 

As a Lousiana native, now living in Missouri, I have experienced this. Louisiana people are strong and help each other. They will be filling the dry houses with as many friends and family to live, while they figure out what to do next. Flood repair takes a long time, even with flood insurance.


Cajun Navy: A Lesson In Taking Care of Your Own People


Comments (8)

Kartik Subramaniam
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

What a wonderful, inspirational post. I have friends in and from Louisiana and I have been through and visited, so I have been seeing a few reports of these Good Samaritans on social media. I wish it got more coverage. Hopefully when disasters strike other areas people are inspired by the Cajun Navy and will go help!

Aug 16, 2016 03:44 AM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

Cody, I think it is the true American spirit coming alive. This is about survival and the human instinct to help each other in a crisis. With 40,000 homes and businesses flooded and a tight housing market, it is going to take a lot of friends helping to shelter people. My sister has taken in her daughter's family and their neighbors family for the duration.

Aug 16, 2016 11:23 AM
Kartik Subramaniam

Carolyn Crispin exactly, people need to help. Hopefully recovery efforts can get going shortly to replace the destroyed homes. 

Aug 17, 2016 01:33 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Good morning Carolyn.  It's all about people helping people.  Good to see the American Spirit is alive and well in Louisiana.

Aug 16, 2016 08:24 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Thank Goodness for these people who are able and willing to help their neighbors.

Aug 23, 2016 10:14 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

It's always nice to see others helping others and I like this post!

Aug 27, 2016 12:42 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

This is wonderful to know. I have been seeing many stories but love that those in the area are taking care of their own and stepping up.

Aug 27, 2016 10:42 PM
Carolyn Crispin
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes - Branson, MO
Crispin Team Sells Branson Homes Land & Commercial

The Cajun Navy is directly responsible for the low number of deaths in that historic 30 inch rainfall. They risked their lives to help others. Now the cajun army is mobilizing. That is a group of people who know how to lay sheetrock and other skills to help the massive amounts of people without flood insurance.

Aug 28, 2016 12:04 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the inspirational post. 

Sep 10, 2016 11:06 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Jun 18, 2020 05:59 AM