The Baton Rouge flood destroyed Wendell Pierce's home — for the second time
Wendell Pierce, star of the The Wire and Treme, suffered damage to his home after the historic flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this week. According to New York Magazine, this is the second Louisiana home Pierce has seen destroyed, after his childhood home was ruined during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
He shared the news on Twitter, writing, "My neighbors & I have flooded in Baton Rouge. I am reminded of the generosity given to my family during Katrina. Now we will care for you."
Fans have already reached out to help, offering their homes as shelter and asking where to contribute. Pierce suggests contributing to the Red Cross or Food Bank, and shared the following informaton: "Help the people of Louisiana: American Red Cross –Baton Rouge/Louisiana Chapter (225-291-4533)Baton Rouge Food Bank (225-359-9940)."
Pierce may be the most visible victim, but his home is only one of 40,000 affected by the flood. According to ABC News, 20,000 people have been rescued from the floods and 8,000 have relocated to temporary shelters. According to Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard, 80 percent of the homes in the Baton Rouge area may be destroyed from the flooding.
The state remains in a state of emergency as rains continue to fall, with more flooding — and thus more damage — expected.