BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Cajun Navy 2016 member Bethany Comeaux became involved with the non-profit in 2018, because she wanted to spend more time with her father.
Comeaux said her father called her one day before he was to leave for a storm in North Carolina. He asked his daughter if she would like to come along, and Comeaux said she jumped at the chance.
Comeaux’s most recent mission was helping the residents of Winnie, TX after Tropical Storm Imelda hovered over the Houston area in September. “We were bringing food and water to the people on the sides of the interstate,” said Comeaux. In Louisiana, I-10 westbound closed from exit 4 to the Louisiana-Texas state line during that time. In Texas, I-10 closed in both directions between Beaumont and Winnie, Texas.
Comeaux said technology can sometimes be unreliable and back-up power sources are essential when on the road. “You don’t know where you are,” said Comeaux. “You have a destination, but you don’t know whether you can get there or not.”
Comeaux also said some people in emergency situations do not want to be rescued. “Some people don’t want to leave their homes, and I can understand that. I wouldn’t want to leave my animals.”
Comeaux talked about room and board situations for the rescue teams when on the road. She said the groups stay at fire stations and more often, community churches.