Wendell Pierce twice unlucky

Wendell Pierce twice unlucky

The actor’s family home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and, 11 years on, his Baton Rouge house has been wrecked by floods
Does bad luck follow American actor Wendell Pierce? Eleven years to the month since Pierce’s family home became one of the thousands ravaged by Hurricane Katrina has again seen disaster strike – this time at his home in Baton Rouge.
Pierce is best known for his roles in HBO dramas, such as cigar-chomping Detective Bunk Moreland in ‘The Wire’, trombonist Antoine Batiste in ‘Treme’, and Michael Davenport in ‘Waiting to Exhale’.
Earlier this year, Pierce spoke about visiting his childhood home after the hurricane and finding “everything was totally destroyed and covered in gray and green”. Pierce – who also starred in the HBO drama ‘Treme, set in post-Katrina New Orleans – has set up a local corporation to rebuild destroyed homes, and started a supermarket business to tackle a lack of access to healthy food in the city.
Now Pierce has been affected again by the latest disaster to hit Louisiana, with his home and neighbourhood underwater after the unexpected flood; 20 000 people have had to be rescued. But while Pierce’s luck may sound bad, it is not unusual.
Many Hurricane Katrina survivors now live in Baton Rouge – which has historically been less susceptible to floods and hurricanes – and have found themselves in the same awful predicament.
Margaret Teague, 61, told a local paper she had only recently moved back to Louisiana after her New Orleans home was destroyed. Now she is once more staying in a temporary shelter. Jeannique Branche, 34, spent years reeling after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina. She thought she was better off after moving to a second-floor apartment in an area, which had never flooded, she told the Times-Picayune. “I felt safe,” she said. “Then I woke up [on] Saturday morning, and everything changed … Now I’ve lost everything again.”
Other Katrina survivors have vowed to help Baton Rouge, to pay back the city for the help they once received. Volunteer Brittani Gillis said she had immediately starting collecting clothes, food and toiletries when she heard about the floods, telling a local paper: “We’ve been through it, and we know what it’s like.”
– theguardian.com

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