Indy film maker John Schneider takes to social media to encourage friends and neighbors of Livingston Parish, Louisiana to persevere in the face of record-breaking flood waters.
John Schneider, of the primetime soap, The Haves and the Have Nots, is having a tough week, but you’d never hear it from him. Schneider’s film studio in Louisiana was devastated by the recent floods, yet nearly every day finds him live-streaming on Facebook to send props to his community of Livingston Parish, Louisiana.
Just yesterday, the former Dukes of Hazzard star praised the efforts of local law enforcement for their roles in helping the community bounce back from the horrific damage caused by recent torrential rains.
“They are everywhere. They are kind. They are thoughtful. They are helpful. When they’re not in their cars … they’re at churches and schools and people’s backyards, sandbagging. It’s just fantastic.”
But Schneider’s praise doesn’t stop at local law officials. He’s also online to thank neighbors by name and to encourage anyone who’s never been to Louisiana to stop by sometime because, in Schneider’s own words, “There are people helping people everywhere here. And what’s amazing to me is that these people are helping people, and they’ve lost everything. And yet, they are still out there …”
Not unlike Schneider himself who posted a photo to social media early Monday afternoon of his studio deluged by flood waters. But if you expected a chorus of “Woe is me,” you’re barking up the wrong country boy. Schneider has been online multiple times since then, but not to curse his fate.
Telling people to “hang in there” and sharing tongue-in-cheek stories of the joys of power washing a living room, the independent film maker has kept his chin up in the formidable face of Mother Nature as he urges others to persevere.IN FLIGHT – AUGUST 14: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), severe storms that caused significant flooding is seen on August 14, 2016 in Port Vincent, Louisiana.Starting last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least seven deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Last week’s rains left several people dead and thousands others facing housing emergencies in Louisiana. Just today, the Chicago Tribune called the event “some of the heaviest rains Louisiana has ever seen.”
Livingston Parish, it seems, was hit especially hard, reporting 25 inches of rainfall in an unprecedented three-day’s time and the horrific sight of unearthed caskets floating freely down the street.
If you’d like to help send food, water or supplies to those affected by the flooding, Second Harvest Food Bank is a local source that’s in need of donations. Visit give.no-hunger.org for information on how you can help heal the devastation in Louisiana.
The Haves and the Have Nots airs Tuesdays at 9 pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network.