Mark Chasuk's rendition of Albert Pieczonka's "Tarantella," played on a flood-ruined piano during recovery efforts, has gone wide on social media

By Alex Heigl
Updated August 22, 2016 02:20 PM
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As Louisiana reels from the historic levels of flooding that claimed southern parts of the state recently, the resilient spirit of the people who lives through the tragedy continues to shine.

John White, a volunteer from The Holy Family Homeschoolers who has been helping to clean up the wreckage of the flood with a group of students, captured one such moment: A teen (Mark Chasuk) sitting at a ruined piano, playing Albert Pieczonka’s “Tarantella” during a break in the cleanup.

“The piano took on four feet of water, so needless to say it’s a goner. But Mark had a long day and wanted to blow off some steam so this happened,” White said on Facebook.

The video, capturing a moment of serenity in the aftermath of so much pain, has resonated far and wide, notching over 2.3 million views on Facebook. White has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the 16 families in the Holy Family Homeschoolers of Baton Rouge who were affected by the funds.

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Over 30 inches of rain fell in less than 72 hours in southern Louisiana. At least 11 people have died in the flooding. Gov. John Bel Edwards said that 30,000 people had already been rescued but the state did not know how many more people were missing.

“We are still very much in an emergency, search-and-rescue response mode for much of the Florida parishes,” Edwards said, according to the New York Times. “Saving life is the most important priority that we have. We’re going to dedicate every available response to that effort until it’s no longer required.”