Thankfully, Hurricane Isaac caused nowhere near the devastation and death that Hurricane Katrina did seven years ago. However, Isaac did cause mass destruction to many, and is still barreling through parts of Mississippi.
It is estimated that water unexpectedly rose in the small town of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, at six inches every four minutes. Many people didn’t even realize they were in danger until it was almost too late.
Several people who were trapped depended on the father-son team of Jesse Shaffer Jr., 25 and Jesse Shaffer, Sr., 53 who used boats to save their town’s residents. Because the local fire and police departments were rescuing people in vehicles, many residents were left behind because the situation required a boat to save them.
They started at 5am on Wednesday morning and immediately brought 10 people to safety, including a baby and a senior citizen, says Shaffer, Sr.
“They’d call me and didn’t know the water was coming up until it was late, and they’d call me to come get them. We had to scramble and try to find a boat ’cause none of the sheriff’s department or anybody could come to this end of the parish.”
In an amazing rescue, the men rescued a family who had three children under age 6, found on top of the roof of their trailer just before it went under water. “They were all on there, screaming their lungs out,” the senior Shaffer explained.
The modest Shaffer men insist they are not heroes, but just regular citizens who could help. They say the worst part is knowing that so many of the town’s residents won’t be able to come back because the destruction to their homes is so great.
By the end of their rescue mission, they saved 120 people as well as animals.
Watch this video of the Shaffers remarkable rescues as reported by ABC News:
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