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Eye of the Storm
Within hours of news of the severity of the 2016 flooding in several Louisiana
parishes, hundreds of cars pulling boats lined Louisiana's highways heading toward
the affected areas to help in the rescue efforts.  This 'boat brigade' went on and
on, as far as the eye could see.
A large number of the volunteers came from Orleans, St. Bernard and other parishes
that had been devastated by the flooding from the levee failures of 2005.  They knew
only too well what the people of the flood would be up against.  It was their turn
to help the people who had once helped them.  As of August 22nd, 30,000
people had been rescued, most of them by boat.
In 2005, the citizens of Baton Rouge opened their city and hearts and homes to the
people of New Orleans.  Baton Rouge took in 250,000 temporary residents - nearly
doubling the city's population.  At the time, a billboard in Baton Rouge welcomed
evacuees by saying all that needed to be said:  "N.O. plus B.R. equals ONE."
The situations have been reversed, but the sign is still true.
This page is dedicated to the people of Baton Rouge and throughout Acadiana who
have lost so much in recent days - dedicated to all people in need of a helping hand.
And dedicated to all of the people who lovingly and generously provide one.
The title of the page is from the song,
Eye of the Storm:

Through the eye
Of the storm,
You are never alone;
And if you falter,
I won't let you down.
Together we stand,
Never fall;
No matter the trial,
We can overcome.

-- Nancy
Louisiana's Old State Capitol, now serves as a museum - Baton Rouge
The State Capitol - Baton Rouge
The photos on this page were all taken in my beautiful home state of Louisiana.
St. Bernard Parish
Shrimp boats - Grand Isle
Greenwood Plantation - Saint Francisville
Chalmette Battlefield, site of Battle of New Orleans - Chalmette
City Park - New Orleans
Baton Rouge
Audubon Park - New Orleans
Lafayette Campus of the University of Louisiana - Lafayette
San Francisco Plantation - Garyville
Lake Palourde, Brownell Memorial Park - Morgan City   
Longue Vue House and Gardens - New Orleans
Christ Episcopal Church - Napoleonville
If there is a load you have to bear that you can't carry,
I'm right up the road, I'll share your load, if you just call me.

Lean on me when you're not strong,
I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on,
For it won't be long 'til I might need
Somebody to lean on.

You call on me, brother, when you need a hand,
We all need somebody to lean on.
You just might have a problem that I'll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on.

-- Bill Withers
Terrebonne Parish
Lafayette Campus of the University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Windrush Rural Life Museum & Gardens - Baton Rouge
Dragonfly resting on an alligator's back, Barataria Preserve - Marrero
 Doullut Steamboat House - New Orleans  
Oak Alley Plantation - Vacherie
There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone.
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.
-- Edwin Markham
Fog surrounds two tugboats on the Mississippi River - New Orleans
Veterans Memorial Bridge - Gramercy
This is a flooded neighborhood in Baton Rouge.
Lake Pontchartrain, West End Park - New Orleans
Grand Isle State Park - Grand Isle
Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation - New Iberia
Parlange Plantation (the oldest U.S. plantation still in the same family) - New Roads
The Steamboat Natchez on the Mississippi River - New Orleans
Pointe Coupee Parish
Southwest Reef Lighthouse - Berwick
The recent flooding in Louisiana was triggered by a slow-moving low-pressure
system that dumped as much as two feet of rain on parts of East Baton Rouge,
Livingston and St. Helena parishes in 48 hours.  Parts of Tangipahoa, East
Feliciana, Washington, Ascension, Lafayette, Iberville and St. Martin parishes
were, also, inundated with record-breaking rains.  The area received, in two
days, the amount of rain that the average American city receives in one year.
Lines of volunteers with boats filled the highways en route to help
rescue people who had been trapped by the flood waters.
Members of the University of New Orleans basketball team help clean
out a house damaged by the flood in Holden, Louisiana.
This was originally a Friday's Journal page.