Cajun Navy Saves Flood Victims; Government Wants Them Regulated

From John Roberts, 8-24-16, at Young Conservatives:

This is a perfect example of how the government ruins a good thing. When the flooding hit Louisiana, tens of thousands of people were left stranded. Lack of manpower made it impossible for the authorities to reach all of them in a timely manner. While it was still raining, a spontaneous, private, and well-meaning navy of ordinary people assembled themselves. They were black, white, Asian and otherwise. They weren’t protesting anything. They got into their own boats, spent their own money, spent their own time, risked their own lives. Black people saved white people. White people saved black people.

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No good deed goes unpunished. That’s especially true when the government finds out about it.

The ‘Cajun Navy’ has rescued upwards of thousands of people after the floods ravaged Louisiana, but now Uncle Sam wants to introduce “legislation around future actions by citizen heroes.”

Because, of course they do.

From WWL TV:

NEW ORLEANS – The Good Samaritan who rescued hundreds, maybe thousands, of people during the ‘Great Flood of 2016‘ said he was not happy after a state lawmaker announced he wants to introduce legislation around future actions by citizen heroes.

Some of these citizen heroes, a loosely-organized group called the ‘Cajun Navy,’ gained national attention for their rescue efforts last week, but that attention is nowhere near the pushback lawmakers are discussing when it comes to a lawmakers proposal to require permits for citizen rescue groups.

Cajun Navy member Dustin Clouatre of St. Amant said he hopped into his pleasure skiff and with others, cleared out entire neighborhoods under water.

“For the most part, these people are not going to wait for assistance,” Clouatre said. “They’re doers.”

Republican State Senator Jonathan “J.P.” Perry of the Vermillion-Lafayette area said he is working on legislation that could require training, certificates and a permit fee to allow these Good Samaritans to get past law enforcement into devastated areas.

In a radio interview on News Talk 96.5 KPEL in Lafayette, Sen. Perry said it comes down to two main points for law enforcement officials.

“At the end of the day, there are going to be two things that are going to be the hurdle when you approach it from the state’s standpoint,” Sen. Perry said. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them, and secondly, there’s a cost.”

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Sen. Perry says he wants them permitted and certified so they can continue their heroic efforts, but from the looks of things, they did just fine without paying the state for permits and certificates. None of the volunteers complained about the cost or about the police refusing their help. What’s wrong with just congratulating them for coming to the rescue and let it go at that?

Click here to watch the video taken by WWL TV.


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4 replies

  1. >> Sen. Perry said. “Liability is going to be number one for them. They don’t want the liability of someone going out to rescue someone and then not being able to find them, and secondly, there’s a cost.”

    There’s something surreal about the state complaining that it might not be able to find anyone who needs rescuing because they were already rescued by volunteers. How does that become a “liability” for the state? Why should it change anything they do except rescue fewer people, and why should that cost them MORE money?

    This is government in search of a problem to stick its big nose into, which is why Perry is really a Democrat and just doesn’t know it. If state search and rescue crews paddle down flooded streets using loudspeakers or knocking on doors to find stranded citizens, that doesn’t have to change just because volunteers got there first, which means no additional money is going to be spent on that part of it. The state will SAVE money when it has to remove fewer people from flooded areas. The state exists to serve the people and should be concerned with doing what’s in the interest of residents FIRST, then worry about the convenience of their own personnel. I’m sure there are already laws on their books that prohibit “civilians” from interfering in the emergency rescue operations of the state. It would be Orwellian to use that to say that citizens MUST wait for the state to rescue them (at further risk to citizens’ safety), or that one citizen does not have the right to rescue another with their permission.

    Perry’s mindset is dangerous and constituents in his district should think seriously about replacing him.


    • Exactly, CW, it’s the government creating a problem where there was none. That saying comes to mind that goes something like “If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” All they have to add is, if it’s helpful, charge a fee.

      Perry sounds like a lot of other Republicans that are also a big part of the problem.


  2. That guy, State Senator Perry, is a bona fide DUMBASS. Being from Louisiana, I know those “cajuns” and they won’t take kindly to a government bureaucrat telling them that they need a license to rescue their neighbors in need. My brother, whose home was flooded with a foot of water inside, talked to some of the rescuers who brought their own boats, spent their own time and gasoline to help others. One pair of guys he spoke with had come from Alexandria – over a hundred miles away to help. THAT is what the Cajun Navy is all about – and licensing and governmental control will SINK the Cajun Navy.

    Picture this: police stopping people in boats to check for a license – that would pull police from life-saving work and dissuade others from joining the “Cajun Navy” to help rescue others. How many stranded victims would die because an otherwise Good Samaritans might stay home rather than incur the wrath of state government by “Rescuing Without a License“?

    This is almost too ludicrous to admit that it came from a State Senator.


    • If some of those victim had waited on authorities, ie, police, National Guard, whatever, they could still be on rooftops. Perry should have had his butt down there helping them, and at the very least he should be thanking them.


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