Hurricane Harvey

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The water is gone but the destruction is still visible. Texas has a long road ahead of them. Please keep them in your prayers.

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas Aug. 25, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane, it became the country’s first major — Category 3 or higher — hurricane since Wilma hit Florida in October 2005 and the first major hurricane to strike southern Texas since Celia in 1970.

Alongside of local first responders, the Cajun Navy rescued thousands of people during this devastating flood. Once the floodwaters receded, the volunteers did not stop to rest.

They continued gathering donated food, water, and other supplies and began delivering these items to those in need. Many people had lost their vehicles due to the high waters, so the much-needed supplies were delivered to them directly.

The next phase of efforts was focused on gutting and mucking houses, and rebuilding, gathering and installing used appliances for those who could not afford them.

There were thousands of people and businesses that lived/resided in NO FLOOD ZONES which meant they were not required to have flood insurance so most did not have this specific coverage. It was obvious the recovery would be long and costly.

When hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August of 2017, it dumped up to 56″ of rain in some areas causing another record flooding event.

The Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards called on the Cajun Navy once again. Thousands of Louisiana volunteers answered the call, they put their lives on hold, and they headed to Texas.

Pinnacle Search and Rescue set up its command center the following morning at Costco in the parking lot in Baton Rouge. Boats, RV and trucks with flatbed trailers poured in.

As people went into Costco to shop they would purchase supplies and donate them to the Cajun Navy.

Every boat that left out of Costco for the next 5 days was loaded and ready.

During the rescue process, social media was utilized to gather rescue requests and relay them to our dispatchers.

Various apps were also used to coordinate efforts as well. History was made that week to the glory of God as He used this ministry to bless victims of this terrible storm, to bless our volunteers and supporters, and to bless our leadership with all it needed to accomplish the task at hand.

Not only were people rescued, but supplies were delivered to various staging points and areas of need as well.

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