Wendell Pierce, who starred on David Simon’s post-Katrina HBO series Tremé, has lost his home to flooding in Baton Rouge, LA. The actor’s childhood home where his parents still lived was badly damaged in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
The New Orleans native tweeted that he’d been flooded out and looked back on his situation from 11 years ago:
Flood waters have begun to recede a bit in some of the hardest-hit parts of Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge, Livingston and St. Helena parishes. The record two-day downpour in those areas was described by the the Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center as a “1,000-year rain” — a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in any year. At least eight people are known dead and more than 12,000 have fled their homes.
Pierce played a jocular, gig-to-gig trombonist on Tremé, which followed New Orleans residents as they worked to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Katrina. He has worked on multiple projects to help the city’s recovery and wrote a book titled The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
The veteran actor co-stars on CBS’ The Odd Couple, recurs on USA’s Suits, played Clarence Thomas in the HBO telefilm Confirmation and in onscreen as a school principal in Bad Moms. Pierce also played Detective Bunk Moreland on Simon’s revered HBO drama The Wire. He next stars opposite Jurnee Smollett-Bell in One Last Thing, an indie drama from writer-director Tim Rouhana.