South Louisiana was hit by a massive rain producing storm in August 2016, locally dumping 30 inches of rain over two river systems which converge just north of the Baton Rouge area before traveling through heavily populated parishes (counties) and draining into Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain, and finally the Gulf of Mexico. It was such a freak storm that meteorologists didn’t believe the computer predictions.
The water rose very fast and covered areas that had never seen water before so it caught a lot of people by surprise. The day we launched our boat from the interstate is the most surreal event of my life. Some of you may have heard of the Cajun Navy. We were not associated with that group, much like the other boaters out that day aiding in the rescue effort as private citizens.
We came back to a dry home, overwhelmed by what we saw. After seeing that half of the Louisiana Strong t-shirts, mugs and stickers were being made out of state and questioning if any of the money earned would be seen by locals, I decided to design and make my own with profits going directly to families in need.