So this is how Catherine “C.C.” Bihm came to acquire her new handle on social media as #ccisabadass. Or, if you prefer, #cajunpocahontas.
You see, her best friend since 5th grade, Joanna Simoneaux, was trapped by floodwaters with her kids in a house she’d fled to behind the Galvez Lake Volunteer Fire Department in Ascension Parish. The water didn’t get into that house, but it was surrounded by water and there was no way for vehicles to get in or out.
Bihm had been checking on her friend’s welfare regularly.
“I asked her if she needed anything and she must have said ‘no’ a thousand times,” Bihm said.
But finally, on Wednesday, Simoneaux admitted to needing some help. Could C.C. and her husband, Josh, get a kayak out there so Simoneaux’s husband could paddle his way out to buy and bring back food, diapers and other supplies?
Forget about that, Bihm told her. She and Josh would get whatever supplies the stranded family needed and find a way in to deliver them.
“We drove to about a mile away from her and parked and got out the kayaks,” C.C. said. “We brought diapers, food, water, milk and sandwiches … stuff like that.”
Josh memorialized the effort with a photo taken from his own kayak that shows a very determined looking C.C. sitting atop a large cooler on a red kayak, paddling through the flood waters.
She posted it on her Facebook page with a caption summing up the situation: “When your best friend needs food and her baby needs diapers, you will find a way. Nobody will go hungry on my watch;) #LAFlood2016#LouisianaStrong.”
Bihm said her bother and sister-in-law also posted it on Facebook and made up a few hashtags to go with it - “#ccisabadass, #cajunpocahontas and #cajunnavywomensalliance.
The post had 804 shares and steadily rising as of Friday afternoon, with lots of positive comments -- including some from stangers wanting C.C. to be their friend.
Guarding the guard dogs at flood shelter
Glen Warner and Shane Hernandez found themselves to be the volunteer keepers of the dogs last weekend at the shelter set up for flood victims at the Felton G. Clark Activity Center at Southern University.
Warner brought his black lab with him when he came to the shelter from his flooded-out home on South Harrell’s Ferry Road, and Hernandez brought six dogs belonging to himself and family members when he came to the shelter from Central.
Their dogs and those of other shelter residents were safe in outdoor kennels – still with the price tags on – loaned by a local pet store and set up just outside the center, out of the weather.
“The people have been so overwhelming” with donations of dog food and treats, Warner said.
The two men had been sleeping on cots outside the shelter at night, keeping watch over the animals.
“We are the guard dogs of the other guard dogs,” Warner joked.
Flood forcing EBR emergency tax reassessments
The East Baton Rouge tax assessor is preparing to re-examine property values following the recent flooding.
The parish recently completed its quadrennial reassessment, which determines how much property owners pay in taxes. Assessor Brian Wilson was preparing for notices of the new values to go out this week, but that has been called off.
The East Baton Rouge assessor's office will be closed until Monday. Wilson will contact the state tax commission and his counterparts in other parishes next week to begin forming a plan for the emergency reassessment.
Ascension and Livingston officials are also preparing to reassess huge swaths of their parishes and said they were trying to determine the legal procedure for doing so.
Advocate Assistant Metro Editor Greg Garland and reporters Ellyn Couvillion and Steve Hardy contributed to this article.