Even after everything that Houston has been through over the past few days, from destruction to the loss of loved ones, hope has still managed to shine through in one Texas hurricane shelter.
Hurricane Harvey, which came seemingly out of nowhere, ripped through Houston and left thousands completely heartbroken and homeless in its wake. President Trump and dozens of other charity organizations, state government officials, and citizen volunteers have tried to help, but they can only do so much.
The category four hurricane caused incredible damage, but even in the midst of such chaos, the human spirit cannot be broken. This video of the victims of Hurricane Harvey, sitting in a shelter, and erupting out in gospel song, is absolutely blowing up the internet.
Silence is Consent previously reported on some of the terrible things that have happened, and how brave individuals and organizations have stepped in. One company, for example, just saved an entire town by supplying them with water after their supply system broke down.
The water treatment plant in Beaumont, Texas, (about 50 miles east of Houston near the Texas/Louisiana border) had gone offline in the days after Hurricane Harvey. With rescues in the area ongoing and relief efforts overwhelmed, the lack of clean water was a major problem.
Rescue workers, however, were informed by a Coca-Cola employee that their warehouse in Beaumont contained thousands of bottles of water, but flooding made it nearly inaccessible. They offered the water to rescue workers, if they could retrieve it. To get it, they needed to find someone with a boat willing to go get it.
Enter Bill Zang, a hovercraft business owner in Illinois, who drove down with two of his boats to assist in recovery efforts. He partnered with Sam Byers, an EMT from Arlington, Texas who was volunteering in the area. The pair took a hovercraft to the warehouse and managed to break in, all with Coca-Cola’s permission.
Even the “Cajun Navy,” and “Redneck Army,” have drove in from all over the US to help these individuals in need. USA today previously reported that an “informal network,” of good Samaritans with boats immediately rushed into the midst of the flood to help save as many lives as possible.
An informal network of good Samaritans with small watercraft is once again mobilizing — this time in the wake of unprecedented flooding in Houston.
Formed 12 years ago after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, the so-called Cajun Navy, which has saved thousands of stranded people, by some estimates, is already helping rescue stranded Texans, one member said Sunday.
“There’s no telling how many are already over there,” said 39-year-old Joey Hains of Lafayette, La. “Basically everybody that’s wanting to go help out” is going or has already arrived, he said.
Hains said he planned to head to Houston, his boat in tow, at first light Monday.
“The reality of the Cajun Navy is everybody out here with a boat that isn’t devastated gets out and helps others,” Clyde Cain, who runs the Facebook page Louisiana Cajun Navy, told USA TODAY last August.
A ragtag group from the beginning, the Cajun Navy has long been nothing if not unstandardized: Guys with hunting boats, shallow draft duck hunting boats with mud motors, airboats, pirogues, kayaks. “You name it,” said member Timmy Toups. “Everybody was wide open, going at it.”
While the media maintains the race-baiting, hateful narrative and pushes the idea that President Trump is a Nazi, this devastating hurricane has shown Americans what we’re really about. When it comes down to it, we can all rely on one another for help, because we have a common cause of freedom.