Talk of regulating Louisiana’s freewheeling Cajun Navy makes waves

by Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times  |  published on August 28, 2016


After three days helping victims of the Louisiana flood, volunteer Thomas Achord was piloting his boat back to shore when he saw authorities barricading the entry to the waterway in Livingston Parish.

“They were being friendly and they weren’t saying anything to us, but it was very clear that they were blocking things off,” said Mr. Achord. “It looked like they were purposefully getting in our way, and then they were directing traffic away from where people were putting their boats in the water.”

That was his last day as a member of the so-called Cajun Navy, the all-volunteer flotilla of Louisiana private boat owners credited with rescuing and helping countless thousands of marooned homeowners, livestock and pets at the outset of the flooding.

“After that, I didn’t go back out because I knew they were blocking off the main path that I could use to get to the water,” said Mr. Achord, a teacher and administrator at the Sequitur Classical Academy in Baton Rouge.

Experiences like Mr. Achord’s are what prompted Republican state Sen. Jonathan J.P. Perry to float the idea of legislation to certify trained volunteers in order to give them greater access to flood sites, instead of watching authorities turn away the would-be rescuers.

  • Duane L Petersen

    It is simple if the government isn’t doing it it should not be done. Just ask Stalin or Hitler perfect examples of a run away government like Grand Furor Obamass. After all could anyone do a better job then Obamass on the oil rig fire after all it only took him 3 months to get the right people down there when Bush had people there in less then a week.

  • jeff horn

    This just shows how much the government cares about the people, they should tell them to get the hell out of their town.

  • Walter Flatt

    THE ONES DOING THIS SHOUOLD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED THEMSELVES AND PUT IN JAIL.

    FROM A KOREAN WAR VET. 51/53, A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT AND A CHRISTIAN.

    HAS HILLARY AND OBAMA SET THE USA UP FOR A MUSLIM INVASION? IF NOT, I HAVE A LOT OF WHYS BELOW.

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    COAT YOUR BULLETS WITH PIG GREASE OR BLOOD AND LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT ANY MUSLIM KILLED WILL BE BURIED WITH PIG PARTS.

    IS THE BIASED NEWS MEDIA HELPING IN THE POTENTIAL INVASION OF AMERICA.

    WHY HASN’T THE NEWS MEDIA SAID SOMETHING ABOUT OBAMA SWEARING A JUDGE IN UNDER SHEREE LAW,

    WHY WAS OBAMA ALLOWED TO SWEAR IN CAROLYN WALKER IN AS JUDGE IN THE 7TH MUNICIPAL DISTRICT IN BROOKLING USING THE QURAN. SHE SHOULD BE RECALLED IMMEDIATELLY.

    WHY ARE THEIR 5 MUSLIM CAMPS ONE AT FAIRFAX, FALLS CH, RED HOUSE, MEHERRIN, BETHANY VA. ARE THEY TO INVADE WASH.DC? YOU SHOULD FIND OUT.

    WHY IS THE TAX PAYER FORCED TO FEED AND CLOTH THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO KILL US.

    IF YOU WANT A LIST OF THE TOWNS THEY ARE CLOSE TO, CONTACT ME.

    SINCE OUR TROOPS ARE NOT ARMED, YOU CAN TAKE 100 WELL ARMED PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL US & TAKE ANY MILITARY BASE IN THIS COUNTRY.

    BETTER WAKE UP & ALLOW OUR TROOPS TO CARRY LOADED GUNS. TODAY OUR CAMPS ARE A FREE KILLING ZONE.

    WHY DO YOU THINK THE MUSLIM MAJOR KILLED SO MANY IN TEXAS & HE IS STILL LIVING???.WHY?

    I CALLED AND VERIFIED THE MUSLIM CAMP CLOSE TO FT. CAMPBELL & A LADY VERIFIED THE FEMA CAMP WITH ARMED GUARDS IN EAST KY. AND THE ONE IN SHAWNEE NATIONAL FORREST IN SOUTHERN ILL. FOR GODS SAKE AND OUR COUNTRY WAKE UP.

    WHY GIVE 5 TERRIOSTS FOR ONE TRAITOR. FOLKS IT GOES ON & ON, WAKE UP AMERICA.

    WHY GIVE 150 BILLION AND ANOTHER 400 MILLION TO IRAN TO FUND A HYDROGEN BOMB, AND TERRIOST?

    WHY STOP THE SHIPMENT OF PLANES & TANKS TO EGYPT WHEN THEIR ARMY KICKED THE RADICALS OUT. I KNOW THERE IS A LOT OF WHYS, AND THERE ARE MORE, SUCH AS,

    WHY IS OBAMA & HILLARY TRYING TO BRING IN 160 THOUSAND MUSLIMS?

    WHY TRY AND TAKE OUR GUNS

    WHY DID THEY TRY & BUY UP ALL AMM0

    WHY HAS OUR GOVERNMENT BUILT A FEMA CAMP IN EVERY STATE, SOME MORE THAN ONE.

    WHY HAS THIS GOVERNMENT ALLOWED 35 MUSLIM CAMPS HERE IN THE USA & ONE 9 MILES OVER IN MEXICO

    GOOGLE THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES. COULD THIS BE THE REASON THEY WANT OPEN BORDERS. IS SHE ON DOPE? HOW CAN ANY CHRISTIAN, VET OR COP VOTE FOR ANYTHING LIKE THIS.

    VOTE DONALD TRUMP TO STOP THIS INSANE DESTROYING OF AMERICA.

  • Rodney Steward

    Strange, after watching a man everyday helping people then all of a sudden stop him, some bodies got something up their sleeve!

  • GrizzMann

    Find something that helps people and the people want and need. The government must complicate it or tax it.

    • Bob

      In the last 7 years, the US has lived by the State Motto of Maryland: “If you can dream it, we can tax it.”

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    • Rodney Steward

      Or Stop it!

  • David Stewart

    C’mon! Not every guy with a boat is a rescuer; quite a number are thieves looking for vacant homes due to the flood evacuation.Looks bad, tho, for LEOs; unfortunately they are ruled by the powers without thought, our Government!

    • Jill Graves

      So exactly how would this government action stop a thief from doing his thing.

      • Rodney Steward

        Pretty sure there are only a few places a bout can be put in, and have a cop at every place, and pretty sure you’d be able to tell the difference between a thug and someone helping! Hint, most thugs can’t afford a boat!!

        • Jill Graves

          If a guy has people or animals in his boat I would say he is probably helping others, if he has a boat load of TV’s toasters and other stuff my money is that he is probably a thief. Maybe someone could

          have a simple post as described above for the police so they could tell the difference.

          • Rodney Steward

            I agree! 🙂

      • David Stewart

        It, like most gov’t. actions, does no good at all, but the taking of that action allows the bureaucrats to go home with a satisfied smug smile on their mug!

    • rwp24382

      I would say that the vast majority of people that came out to help people for the first few days, were just rescuers. They had no ax to grind, except helping others. It was a mission to get as many people, their livestock, and pets to safety as possible. Since the government had few resources to accommodate as many people as there were in need, they should have been glad to have had the volunteers come out. The looters would have found ways to get around the law, as they do most of the time. They would have had a place to dump their stolen goods or stash the goods in a remote area, away from highly visible areas.

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