As you may have already heard, there are some catastrophic floods throughout Louisiana that have sadly already claimed 13 lives. It is mainly due to the astounding amount of rainfall that has struck the area – an estimated 6,900,000,000,000 gallons of rain in a mere week! The rain struck pretty quickly and quite ferociously as well, with one are in particular named Livingston Parish getting more than 31 inches of rain in just 15 hours.
The floods have been so devastating to the people of Louisiana, in fact, that Brad Kieserman, the Vice President of the Red Cross, has even called it ‘the worst disaster to hit the United States since Superstorm Sandy.’ To furthermore highlight the calamity, Kieserman said, “Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now.”
Many conscious citizens who happen to own boats have taken it as their duty to go around helping those less unfortunate ones who have been stuck in the deadly floods. Amongst these brave people is Josh Pettit, a Louisiana resident who fires up his boat on a daily basis to save more lives and help those who have no other way out. Pettit was roaming around in the southernmost part of Livingston Parish, an area quite near to some of the rivers that overflowed due to the rainfall, when he suddenly came across a sad circumstance.
Pettit noticed some eyes and a nose barely above water near some bushes that initially caught his eye as they kept shaking and moving. It was a female Pitbull who had already given up after treading water for a long time. Pettit shared his experience with the tired dog on a Facebook post detailing the sad ordeal. He described the dog as having “the saddest eyes I ever seen so scared for her life”.
“We saved her and she came laid her head on my lap and cried and moaned like a big baby! She was thanking me. I thank God for letting me notice her,” shared Pettit of the heartwarming story. “We then rescued a vet and his animals and she went with them to dry land.”
An estimated 40,000 people and pets alike have been displaced after the devastating catastrophe that has undertaken Louisiana these past few days. Luckily, there are still conscious citizens such as Pettit himself out there that serve as heroes and help out those less fortunate who are under the same circumstances as himself.