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Texas Lt. Gov: Social Media Mobilized a 'Dunkirk' Rescue

(Newsmax TV's "The Joe Pags Show")

By    |   Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:01 PM

Social media made a life-saving difference in the response to Hurricane Harvey, helping to organize a "modern day Dunkirk" to rescue untold numbers of victims, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

In an interview on "The Joe Pags Show," Patrick said having Facebook, Twitter, and cell phones made it "easy . . . for people who want to help to go on and find shelters and find neighborhoods that need help."

"We had an army, probably 1,000 boats at one time in the water," Patrick said. ". . . I call it our own modern day 'Dunkirk.' They went and rescued people, just average citizens."

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He lauded young men in an old Army truck they bought from Fort Hood who went on Facebook to alert those living in a three-square-mile area of their business that "'we'll come and get you as long as you have someone here to get you.'"

"They probably rescued 500 people," Patrick said.

"More people have cell phones today – particularly maybe some of our senior citizens," he added. "So, it's really helped; it has saved lives; people have been rescued."

"We had one helicopter pilot, he was from Arizona . . . looking for a house that had a 911 call, couldn't find it," Patrick related. "He pulled out his phone and went on a GPS like we would do driving a car . . . and found the house. It's been amazing."

Patrick said it is estimated first responders and volunteers "probably have rescued over 20,000 people."

His comments came as a Category 5 Hurricane Irma moved closer to Florida.

"I pray for the people in Florida right now," Patrick said. "I hope it moves out to the Atlantic and misses everybody, because it'll be a tremendous strain on the resources of our federal government."

Patrick said an unofficial count indicates between 400,000 and 600,000 or more have been displaced by Harvey, with 200,000 to 300,000 homes damaged or "will be lost."

Yet, Patrick said, despite the devastation, "I've yet to run into an angry person."

"I'm always proud to be a Texan, but I've never just been this proud to see our whole state come together at a time of division around the rest of the country – and at times some divisions in Texas," he said. "We are all one."

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