Eventually, after Cain's initial interview, and his Facebook clarification, authorities told the Associated Press that they'd received no reports of shots being fired involving the Cajun Navy, suggesting that the shooting might not have even happened at all.
"There are people out there pretending like they need to be rescued and then they are robbing the boats". The organization helps communities with storm preparations, rescues and food distribution.
Just to get to Kingwood we had to cross Lake Houston, find the river, and slip into the area via the flooded-out golf course fairways of the Kingwood Country Club.
The Cajun Navy has become widely known across the state for its response efforts during natural disasters.
The "Cajun Navy", a flotilla of about 20 boats borne out the devastation and self-reliance after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has come to Texas to help residents along the Gulf Coast who are trapped by the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey. "We are simply overwhelmed with the number of offers for help".
Later Monday, Cain told CNN's Chris Cuomo that more boats had come from Louisiana after the initial group. "I mean, we do it because it's what we're supposed to do - we're supposed to help our neighbors". "It'll handle probably six to eight people real well", McGinnis said, noting the boat is propelled by a 150-hp motor.
"They said by the time we reached the Texas line, we'd have 100 boats", McGinnis said.
As we watched, boats dropped drenched families on the side of the road - among them Linda West and David Cornwell who had their wedding 48 hours before Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas. "We thought she wasn't coming back, but finally she started breathing slowly", Lincoln said. We had to push cars out of the way or pilot our boats over them as we moved through neighborhood streets.
The center says in its 4 a.m. CDT advisory that flooded roadways continue to make travel hard and advises people to take shelter.