Memphis Navy helps rescue efforts in Texas

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It's been more than a week since Harvey first made landfall and just now, those living in West Houston have been ordered to evacuate.

But a group calling itself the Memphis Navy headed to Texas last week with their own boats to help rescue people trapped in the floods.

This as the Army Corps of Engineers continues to release water into the nearby Buffalo Bayou to prevent dams from cracking. Officials have cut power to the area as a way to help enforce the evacuation order.

Back here in the Mid-South, a group who call themselves the Memphis Navy headed to Texas last week with their own boats to help rescue people trapped in the floods.

Darrin Hillis and Mike Todd with the group stopped by to tell their stories about rescuing people in small areas like Orange and Port Arthur.

"That day we probably got out maybe 100 people. What he tried to do was go somewhere," Todd said. "Darrin researched it and we were in contact with some of the authorities in the smaller towns because we knew there was plenty of help in Houston so we tried to one, hit the places that were the farthest east, so that we could get into them and two, some places we could just get into."

The Memphis Navy teamed up with the Cajun Navy, which also did rescue work during Hurricane Katrina.