I decided to forego a weekly snippet this week and tip my hat instead to the inspiration for the heroes and heroines of my Wilds of the Bayou series, the enforcement officers of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. In the face of unprecedented flooding that continues today in South-Central Louisiana, here’s the latest available from the LDWF website:
” Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 491 people and 110 animals to date due to the flooding in Louisiana. Agents began search and rescue missions around 4 a.m. on Aug. 12. During this day agents rescued 438 people and 94 animals. The breakdown by parish is as follows for Aug. 12:
Tangipahoa – 117 people and 23 animals
Washington – 3 people
Livingston – 48 people and 14 animals
St. Helena – 25 people
East Baton Rouge – 77 people and 23 animals
Iberia – 30 people and 2 animals
Lafayette – 83 people and 25 animals
East Feliciana – 49 people and 5 animals
West Feliciana – 2 people
Vermilion – 4 people and 2 animals
Agents also performed rescues overnight in the flooded areas. As of 6 a.m. this morning agents have rescued 53 more people and 16 more animals since midnight on Aug. 13.”
So far, Terrebonne Parish (setting for the series) has been farther south than the flood areas. More heavy rain is expected today, so keep all the folks in Louisiana, and in South Central Mississippi and Alabama in your thoughts. Not just LDWF but all law enforcement and emergency-service workers are out in the floodwaters today. This is a rain event and not a tropical system so it’s not the coastal areas that are flooding but the south-central inland areas of the states.
I had my own encounter with emergency responders a couple of days ago, although of a medical nature in my household, so I have a refreshed appreciation for first responders.
So, that’s about it for me today. I do have some winners, however, from this week’s giveaways. Please contact me at suzannej3523 at gmail or using the contact tab above to pass along your info if you’ve won.
SUSAN won the $5 GC for commenting on the “How Authors Make Money” post. Thanks to all of you who joined the discussion!
BOOKLADY won the $5 GC for commenting on Michelle Boule’s “favorite things” posts–it was fun to see everyone’s favorites 🙂
REBECCA won the Gayle Parness giveaway–I think she’s already contacted you. Let me know if you haven’t heard from her!
YET PENG won this week’s Reader’s Choice giveaway and selected NEVERNIGHT. Let me know if that’s still the book you want.
Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter (if you don’t, then, why not? LOL), it will go out tomorrow with some “behind the scenes” exclusives about the BLACK DIAMOND cover and, of course, another newsletter giveaway. Hint: stemless wine glasses! I’ll also be back here with the weekly new releases and another Reader’s Choice giveaway. I’ll also announce the winners of the BLACK DIAMOND Arcs. The giveaway entries close at midnight CDT tonight.