Here is a round-up of stories and internet items about the more interesting features of the flooding disaster in Louisiana.
Meet the Cajun Navy. The Times-Picayune published a story about the Cajun Navy, an armada of regular folks who stepped up to to the plate when over two feet of rain flooded Southeast Louisiana.:
as thousands were stranded inside their homes as Louisiana floodwaters rose this weekend, social media users shared photos and thanks for the "Cajun Navy." The term was affectionately applied to the many fishermen, hunters and leisure boaters who arrived to provide back up to official first responders backed up with emergency calls for stranded residents.Make no mistake, these were the real heroes of this disaster.
*Cellphone service? Did someone mention cellphone service? Verizon customers were thrilled with the carrier as Verizon carried the day. Verizon didn't quit, Verizon didn't make excuses, and it even gave customers some relief from data overages. Some marketing genius at Verizon came up with this idea and Verizon made sure all of its customers knew it today in this text message:
FREE VZW MSG: Baton Rouge and Lafayette, We've Got Your Back, We've Got Your Usage. Data, Voice and Text Relief 8/14 thru 8/21
Meanwhile, AT&T's service went out Sunday when it was needed the most. A switching station on South Choctaw in Baton Rouge was flooded. Complete service is still not restored in the area. The same problem happened during Katrina on the Coast when its circuits were flooded. AT&T apparently learned nothing from Katrina and was no where to be found when it was desperately needed. Verizon never quit. Verizon also allowed people to come in and make free calls in their stores. AT&T has not made any arrangements nor provided any relief to its customers.
*Then there is this message making the rounds of Facebook and Instagram that sums it all up:
*There is a wish list posted on Amazon for flood victims. The wish list includes common items people need to help out moving forward. All items will be collected and distributed within Baton Rouge to those in need. It's an easy to way to help without sending money via Red Cross. The group is from Jefferson Baptist Church.
*The media may have ignored Louisiana flooding but Tide didn't:
*Retired LSU announcer Jim Hawthorne had to be rescued. He told ESPN his story in this video. Mr. Hawthorne's phone service was provided with AT&T so he was unable to call anyone for help. He and his wife were stranded and were finally rescued by a member of the Cajun Navy who heard his hoarse screams. His family had not been able to contact him for nearly a full day.
*Price-gouging. The invisible hand wasn't quite so invisible when a friend of The Kingfish posted this personal status update on her Facebook page:
The only gas/grocery store available to Arbor Walk subdivision is SPORTSMAN'S on walker south. My sister just called me and said they are still trapped and the only option is that store! She went to grab less than essentials to last at least two more days... they price gouged her, without question! Then didn't give them a complete receipt... just the credit card slip... they've been trapped since Friday night!! 72 hours, 4 kids, 2 adults last thing they need is people being greedy and taking advantage of their very own community!!*Thousands of people are without power. Even more people are going to find out that they can't get power restored until they have an electrician check the wiring and meter box.
This is what they walked out with...
4 - 10oz Gatorade
6 - bags of ice
2 - small loaves of bread
2 - canned sliced carrots
2- 12 pk cokes
GRAND TOTAL ====== 102.00 !!!
This needs to be reported!!! Right now!!
*A Baton Rouge reporter was stranded on the Interstate for nearly a day. He gave an account of his ordeal and of course, took photos.
*Saving the best for last. This Baton Rouge black man called out Black Lives Matter in rather colorful fashion.
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