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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hunters Saving Louisiana Flood Victims

While it’s popular in some circles to condemn hunting and hunters, victims of Louisiana’s severe flooding crisis likely won’t be doing so anytime soon.

According to a report at NOLA.com, as thousands of people in and around Baton Rouge were stranded inside—sometimes even on top of—their homes, hunters and fishermen launched their boats and transported residents to safety.

Locals call the help the “Cajun Navy,” a term used when hunters did similar heroic duty after Hurricane Katrina. And it is dangerous work. "There have been several situations where the current has been so strong coming down some of these streets that it's dangerous to try to get a boat down them," said Chris Macaluso, a Baton Rouge resident who used his own boat to help get neighbors to dry ground. "(The volunteers) are risking a lot to help these people, and I know people in this part of Baton Rouge and all over really appreciate it."