Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry assisted with the emergency evacuation of an elderly woman in Lafayette on Sunday.
In a video, posted to the Office of the Attorney General's Facebook page, Landry can be seen assisting three other people as they get the woman and her wheel chair stabilized onto a small boat, rescuing her from the rising water surrounding her home. The group then pushed the boat to dry land, where first responders were waiting.
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The AG's office explains in the accompanying text that Landry had just left the St. Martin Parish emergency operations meeting on flood response and was en route to a similar meeting in Lafayette when he noticed the group of civilians on Armenia Avenue attempting to evacuate the woman were in distress.
According to the AG's office, Landry called emergency personnel before assisting with the evacuation.
The state estimates that more than 7,000 people have had to be rescued since severe weather hit Louisiana last week, setting off massive flooding across large swaths of the southern part of the state. There have been several more tales, similar to Landry's, of volunteers using boats and other equipment to rescue people on their own.
Landry's spokeswoman Ruth Wisher said the attorney general, who lives in New Iberia, didn't sustain personal damage from the flooding. He spent Sunday visiting officials in St Martin, Vermillion and Lafayette parishes.
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