TodayApril 16, 2022

Baton Rouge flood victim’s Dry Pillow Diary

A Go Fund Me account has been set up for Steve Wheeler and his family. Wheeler is a journalist whose house has to be almost completely reconstructed after of the epic floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana dumped over two feet of water in forty-eight hours.

Wheeler took to Facebook to let his friends and family know how they were doing after the flood. Each night Wheeler set on a twin bed and wrote a note, titled Dry Pillow Diary. Each night, more people commented. Each night we waited to see how Steve was fairing.

I am going to include the posts before Steve found a dry pillow to lay his head at night. After that Wheeler starts his Dry Pillow musings. As you will soon find out, Steve did not get much FEMA money, and he had no insurance. I will start with Day One and list them all. If you would like to help Wheeler and his family the Go Fund me account is still open and able to take donations.

August 14, 2016

Thank you to all of my friends near and far who have sent prayers and best wishes. Yesterday at noon we were high & dry in our home in our little neighborhood watching the news and worrying about others in Denham Springs. An hour later we were scrambling to save what little we could and get out. It’s unbelievable how fast floodwaters can rise. The last of our neighbors were rescued by airboat about 10 pm.

Don’t yet know what we’ll see when the sun comes up, but for now, I and my loved ones are safe and dry.

God is good.

Looking for a boat again in Walker near Buddy Ellis Road. Need to retrieve medicine for a cystic fibrosis patient.

Water rising now near Leslie’s house and it’s raining buckets. Taking no chances. Moving to plan C. Headed north. Hope we can find some open roads.

All 9 of us made it to Ethel. It’s high and dry. If we get any water here the whole state is in trouble. Thanks again for all the thoughts, prayers and concerns. Prayers for the displaced, stranded and all the victims battling this awful flood. And God bless the hundreds of first responders who have come to help us.

It happened so fast

It happened so fast

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.