Baton Rouge flood victim’s Dry Pillow Diary

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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 flood waters 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 me 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 concern. 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.

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L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website,, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.