The highly acclaimed Louisiana Cajun Navy was forced to “stand down” in Houston Monday after looters tried to steal their boats and took potshots at them.The Cajun Navy is a group of volunteers who go into flooded disaster areas and try to help. Most of these guys grew up operating small boats in congested waters, so navigating flood zones is second nature to them. During last year's flooding in and around the Baton Rouge area, they saved hundreds of people and collected tons of relief supplies. They are people helping people, with no expectation of reward. Helping people is ll the reward they want.
“Looters decided to pose as people needing rescue and they attempted to overtake the boats and there were shots fired at the boats,” the post said. “I repeat they are all safe. Looters must have not wanted our boats in the water for rescues.”In fairness, natural disasters bring out the best and the worst in people. As law enforcement and first responders become overwhelmed, the looters come out, taking what they can steal. The Texans I know, from Beaumont to Amarillo, are fine, salt of the earth people. Generous to a fault, ready to help anyone who needs help. Those are the people that I call Texas.
Parts of Houston ain't like that. Some of those looters may have been Katrina trash that floated in after the deluge in New Orleans. My heart goes out to the good people of Texas who are suffering an unprecedented disaster. Houston my be the most diverse city in the US. While the fine people of Texas are working through this catastrophe, some folks are trying to capitalize. I'm sure that Texas will sort it out when the water recedes.
Houston, you have a problem.