Thousands lost their homes in recent flooding in Louisiana. But even before Uncle Sam got to the scene, the Cajun Navy rescued more than 30,000 people from water-logged homes and rooftops. The Cajun Navy first set sail 11 years ago, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. At that time, a local radio station put out a call for anyone with seaworthy craft to meet at a flooded mall. Organizers expected 25 or 30 boats to show up, but more than 350 appeared. Working together, they rescued 10,000 people after Katrina.
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After the recent flood, the Cajun Navy didn't just rescue people. It also saved 1,400 pets. Crewmen actually got into the water to assist animals who could not swim to safety. These heroic efforts may only be the tip of the spear this year. According to the Red Cross, hundreds of people from all 50 states have already arrived in Louisiana to help with relief efforts.