Hurricane Harvey

David Martin, right, and Kyso Bellard spent two days in Texas pulling about 60 people from floodwaters. (Submitted Photo)

Crowley men joined rescue teams in flooded Texas

David Martin and his cousin Kyso Bellard were sitting on their four wheelers preparing to go mudding when they heard a call on the radio.
“They were asking for anyone with a boat who could help out to please come and help rescue people,” said Martin. “I have a boat and I looked at Kyso and said “What do you want to do?
“We both said ‘let’s do this’,” he said.
Soon they had their boat hooked up and were driving towards Texas. They weren’t sure where they were going to launch from. But they eventually realized that they had different options.

Harvey evacuees find shelter in Eunice hotels

Harvey evacuees from Houston and other affected areas found refuge in Eunice.
Priscilla Miller, one of the managers at Days Inn, said 15 families from Beaumont, Port Arthur are staying at the hotel.
On Thursday, Miller said, “Some families left this morning to check on their homes. Other families are completely flooded at their homes.”
The displaced families room charges are paid by FEMA. “We provide courtesy free meals. Breakfast is free. Volunteers, some are individuals, others are churches provided chicken salad sandwiches for their lunches,” Miller said.

Jim Brown

Here comes the Cajun Navy!

The Cajun Navy wasted no time. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast on a Friday. By Sunday, hundreds of boats were on their way to Texas. I passed a supermarket parking lot two days after the storm hit, and a large contingent of boats and trailers were lined up to head for the Lone Star State. As this column is being written, thousands of Louisianans are offering help. That’s what many Texans did for us here in the Bayou State exactly 12 years ago.

Like Allison? No comparison

I remember how incredulous I was in June 2001, when a mere tropical storm named Allison dumped more than 30 inches of rain on Houston, then moved to south Louisiana and kept pouring.
It was an uncommon event. The danger in south Louisiana from most tropical storms and hurricanes comes from the storm surge and wind that move through relatively quickly, not from tropical systems that just sit down on top of us and rain and rain and rain. Allison and the storm that flooded southwest Louisiana in 1940 were the most notable exceptions, until Harvey.

Cleco: Heavy rain, wind beginning to impact Cleco's service area

As heavy rain and strong winds begin to impact Cleco’s service territory, Cleco has nearly 100 crews ready to respond to weather related power outages and clear debris that may come into contact with its power lines.
“Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall near Lake Charles early this morning and is expected to cross the state before exiting the northeast corner by Thursday morning,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency equipment. “Cleco line crews and contractor crews are currently responding to reports of scattered outages.”


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