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Cajun Navy groups help with rescues on storm battered east coast

Posted at 12:16 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 13:51:31-04

Several Cajun Navy groups are aiding in rescue efforts in the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence batters the area with heavy rains, winds, and flooding.

The Louisiana-based organizations, “Louisiana Cajun Navy” and “Cajun Navy 2016” shared photos and video to their Facebook pages of members of their teams assisting local authorities in rescue efforts.

The “Louisiana Cajun Navy” Facebook page has shared several videos of rescue operations in North Carolina, but the videos don’t indicate where these rescues are taking place. The group appears to be working in the area of New Bern which has seen heavy rains and flooding since Hurricane Florence moved ashore.

The group says they have moved on from searching in the New Bern area after meeting with the city’s EOC who will now be taking over any search and rescue operations.

Hundreds of people were rescued in the area as the Neuse River began to rise, trapping residents in their homes.

The city sent out a tweet at 2:00 am on Friday to residents as waters rose saying, “WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU. ‘You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU.”

“Louisiana Cajun Navy” posted a video to their page showing two members of their team treading through floodwaters to check on 911 calls. The two were working to rescue a man who was trapped in his home and was in need of rescuing because he was hurt.

Another group, “Cajun Navy 2016” is in South Carolina assisting local authorities with efforts. The organization shared video of their drive to Lexington where the group is staged for rescue operations. This morning, another video showed the group preparing for a day of rescues.

The groups have been posting photos and LIVE video of their efforts during the day.