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Acadiana woman desperately searching for Dad after Hurricane Michael

Crews are in the Florida Panhandle assessing the damage from Hurricane Michael.

The storm has knocked out power and cell service to nearly a million people across five states. So far, Michael is responsible for at least seven deaths.

Right now, the Cajun Navy is trying to help an Acadiana teacher track down her father in Panama City Beach. As the storm made landfall, she called her 75-year-old Dad and she said he told her he was scared.

More than 24 hours later, no luck reaching him. The teacher too distraught to go on camera took to social media for help.

John Billiot, President of America’s Cajun Navy said, “I’ve never been scared of a storm a day in my life, and this one right here, put the fear of God in me.”

Billiot said law enforcement wanted his team to “stand down.”

“I said, I have to do this. God put me on this earth to do this and I’m going. They said, sir, you could possibly be arrested. I said, well if I’m rescuing people and saving their life and I get arrested, America will have my back on this.”

Chris Welty

Chris Welty

Chris Welty is a multimedia journalist at KATC.
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