Governor John Bel Edwards announced today that the state is helping out the Cajun Navy 2016 with their rescue efforts in Texas. He says they want to help ensure that rescuers are organized with Texas authorities.
“So that they didn’t just show up in Texas at a place that wasn’t expecting them, and so that they could get the best routes into Texas,” said Edwards.
Edwards said one of the biggest concerns among the members of the Cajun Navy was refueling, so the state is helping with that effort once they arrive at the Texas border.
“We’re actually going to do that through a fuel truck that will be made available through the Department of Agriculture and Forestry,” said Edwards.
Edwards says being in the same position a year ago, we all understand the importance of the Cajun Navy and appreciate their help.
“Their services are invaluable with the rescues that they’ve been making and I can tell you that the folks in Texas, both the government officials and the individuals, are very, very thankful for them being there.”
I spoke with Penny Shar of Project We Care Louisiana which works in conjunction with the Cajun Navy 2016.
They are taking donations at Costco in Baton Rouge for the rescues. They have trucks they are sending to Texas.
Here are their needs. She texted them to me in this order:
Portable chargers for cell phones
Penny freely gives out personal cell phone numbers for anyone who needs information on how to help: 985-215-6864 or 225-806-0746.
Here is an amazing rescue video streamed live as it happened with Kiran Chawla from WAFB.