Michigan company sending 2,000 kayaks to Texas, Louisiana

Aug 29, 2017

MUSKEGON, MI (AP)--   A western Michigan company is sending about 2,000 kayaks to parts of Texas and Louisiana to help with flooding relief and rescue efforts following Harvey. 

Credit LM Otero / Associated Press

WOOD-TV reports that retailer Walmart is buying the kayaks from Muskegon-based KL Outdoor.

KL Outdoor Chief Executive Chuck Smith tells the television station that his company is covering the shipping costs. Some kayaks were sent out Monday. The rest are expected to be put on trucks Tuesday.

Harvey made landfall late Friday along the Texas Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane. Officials have since received thousands of calls and pleas for rescue.

On Monday, heavy rain from the storm reached rooflines of single-story homes in Houston and other communities.

Boats and kayaks are being used to reach people stranded on rooftops.