It wasn’t all bad
Battling high winds and heavy rain, a network of volunteers put their lives on the line to rescue hundreds of Carolinians affected by Hurricane Florence. Formed in the aftermath of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana-based United Cajun Navy is a group of private boat owners who leap into action when a major storm strikes. Using fishing vessels, party barges, and airboats, several hundred volunteer rescuers saved at least 500 Carolinians stranded by floodwaters in homes, hospitals, and on car roofs. “We’re glad that we’re able to help,” said Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell.
As Hurricane Florence approached the East Coast last week, Tony Alsup jumped into his old yellow school bus and drove off from his Tennessee home, straight toward the storm. The pet lover was on a mission to collect as many dogs and cats as possible from animal shelters in North and South Carolina in the hurricane’s path. After loading 53 dogs and 11 cats into his bus, the 51-year-old trucker headed to an animal shelter in southern Alabama, which will help find new homes for the pets. “I love it,” said Alsup, who added that he forms an instant bond with the animals. “They know I’m the alpha dog and I’m not here to hurt them.” ■