Hope in high water

All the ways Baton Rougeans rose to the occasion after the August floods

Twice this summer, our city’s traumas made national headlines. The second time, unthinkably high waters and decimated homes flashed for a few moments on national TV and in the pages of major newspapers.

But only a small part of what was really happening was told.

What the rest of the country didn’t know was that while the water was still rising, Baton Rougeans acted immediately to help each other. People whose homes didn’t flood opened them up to dozens of strangers. Ordinary citizens became first responders, movie studios became shelters and recreational boats became emergency vehicles. Everyday people became heroes. This is a small sampling of those previously untold stories.

It’s been a tough few months, but once again Baton Rouge proved we can overcome anything as long as we are in this together.


Photo by Collin Richie

The Night Crew: Meet the volunteers who worked 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the River Center shelter

Photo by Collin Richie

Hometown Hero: The story behind the David Phung’s viral rescue during the flood

Photo by Collin Richie

The Cajun Air Force: Local cameramen used drones to show just how bad the flooding was

Photo by David Morris

Rescue Reunions: We arranged for members of the Cajun Navy to reunite with the evacuees they rescued during the flood

Photo by Collin Richie

Lives on Hold: A Facebook group started during the flood saved thousands of people, and now its nearly 45,000 members are giving back

Photo by Collin Richie

Perfect Angels: How two families went out of their way to help a 94-year-old evacuated from the flood

Photo by Kristina Britt

Hope Floats: Locals share stories of irreplaceable items they salvaged from the flood

These stories were originally published in the October issue of 225 magazine.