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The Texas Navy (flood rescue)

The Texas Navy (not to be confused with the Texas Navy Association) was a volunteer effort to rescue people in Houston, Texas during Hurricane Harvey. It comprised people bringing their own equipment, such as fishing boats and pickup trucks. It was named after The Cajun Navy, a similar rescue organization based in Louisiana, who also came to Texas to aid in the rescue efforts.


One Texas Navy volunteer, Andrew White, rescued over 100 people. He and his team focused initially on the most vulnerable, such as the sick and elderly, and needed to forgo rescuing many other people for lack of time.

The Texas Navy made use of an phone application called Zello to communicate in absence of reliable cell service.

Government assistance.

The Texas Navy coordinated with Harrison County Fire and Rescue and local game wardens. It's unclear the degree to which they were assisted by such local government organizations.



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