Wendell Pierce, who starred in "The Wire," "Selma" and a slew of other films, is one of the thousands who lost a home in Baton Rogue as the area continues to be battered with historic rainfall and flooding.
Wendell's childhood home was also reportedly destroyed in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina.
"My neighbors & I have flooded in Baton Rouge. I am reminded of the generosity given to my family during Katrina. Now we will care for you," he tweeted on Sunday. He added that "faith and family is all we need."
On Monday the actor was less verbose and more emotional as TMZ cameras caught him at LAX. While fighting to maintain his composure, he said he had come from Louisiana and was going to head back.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," he said. "I lost everything."
Asked whether he had a message to send to the people in this home state, he said, "No message. Private pain." He also declined to specify how he made it out of his home before the rising waters took over.
A friend of his wondered what they would find once the water dissipated, Wendell tweeted, "You will find heirlooms @roddreher that will have been changed in a way that brings new meaning to them. Inanimate objects brought to life."
Rainstorms have wreaked havoc on the area. As of late Sunday night, more than 12,000 people were in shelters and more than 20,000 people were rescued across south Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards said.
Seven people had died because of the storm as of Monday.
In September 2015, Wendell published a book titled "The Wind in the Reeds" which details much of his life, including how Katrina affected him. While doing promotion for the book, he told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're talking about losing every semblance of what you know as your life. Think about if someone's house burned down; immediately the neighbors would reach out to them, someone would take them in, everybody would help rebuild it. But when every signpost and milestone and marker is gone in your life, it can be a scary thing. It's the closest to what I felt a nuclear holocaust would be like.
"I expected people would take some umbrage with that because hundreds of thousands of people being killed in a flash can't compare, but it was a sense of loss of everything around you. It really was, and it was an awakening that made you take stock of what's important: 'Who am I, where do we want to go?' I used to go home every once in a while. I enjoy the music, I enjoy the cuisine, my family's there. To see it all go away so fast and in a flash, it made me realize how fragile it all was and how fragile it can be from within, even."
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