Adviser Bridgette Rushing lost everything in the devastating floods impacting Louisiana, yet instead of focusing on her own needs, she went out to rescue others using her boat.

It is a story of the Cajun and American spirit and repeated among those who have lost homes and offices in these floods, which according to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards have impacted at least 40,000 homes and led to the rescue of 30,000 people and 1,000 pets. At least 11 people have died in the floods, so far.

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