Cajun Navy Asks for Help from Houston-Area Boaters as Catastrophic Flooding Continues
The staggering amount of precipitation brought by Tropical Depression Imelda has created a dire situation across Southeast Texas.
As serious flooding continues to submerge roads and trap people in vehicles and homes, both local officials and volunteer organizations are scrambling to provide water rescues for those most in need.
With state resources stretched thin, Cajun Navy Relief has put out a call to mobilize anyone and everyone with a surface drive boat who lives within a couple of hours of Beaumont, Vidor, Winnie, and Houston.
The flooding is reportedly the most severe in the areas north and east of Houston, including the small town of Winnie and the city of Beaumont. Police in Beaumont told CNN that they've received hundreds of calls for rescues and are urging people to stay off the roads during what many are calling a situation far more dangerous than Hurricane Harvey.
This morning, the National Weather Service issued an emergency plea to residents of Montgomery, Liberty and Chambers counties, as well as northeastern Harris County, to stay indoors because of flash flooding. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the Green Pond Gulley levy near Beaumont "is deteriorating and could break at any moment," which prompted an evacuation of the Gilbert Lake Estates area.
If you live nearby and are available to help, add the channel CajunNavy on Zello. And please, stay safe out there!
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