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U.S. Flood Strategy Shifts to ‘Unavoidable’ Relocation of Entire Neighborhoods

This week’s one-two punch of Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco may be extraordinary, but the storms are just two of nine to strike Texas and Louisiana since 2017 alone, helping to drive a major federal change in how the nation handles floods.
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How lessons from Isle de Jean Charles could guide federal climate migration planning

The relocation of Isle de Jean Charles’ residents from their disappearing island could help the federal government develop a model for moving more people away from rising seas, stronger storms and other effects of climate change, according to an auditor's report to Congress. 
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Lowland Kids | Climate Change Threatens Two Teenagers' Family Home

As climate change erases the Louisiana coast, the last two teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles fight to stay on an island that's been their family home for generations.
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As Gulf swallows island, displaced tribe fears future

The state is three years into an ambitious $48 million plan to move Isle de Jean Charles residents to higher ground. Here is a look at the tiny community’s the past, present and potential future.    
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Stay or Go? Some island residents struggle to decide

The new Isle de Jean Charles will be no isle at all. Instead, it’s a 550-acre sugar-cane field an hour’s drive north of the coast in Schriever.
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As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future

It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves.  
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Why is Isle de Jean Charles disappearing? A timeline of land loss

A 14-year-old Jean Charles Naquin and his family arrive in New Orleans aboard the Le Saint-Remi, the fourth of seven ships that, in 1785, carried French immigrants to Louisiana. Most were Acadians previously exiled from Canada who failed to build a life in France. 
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The Last Teenagers on Isle de Jean Charles, An Island Climate Change Is Washing Away

Juliette Brunet and her family live on an island that is shrinking as Louisiana’s sea levels rise.
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Deadline set for residents of vanishing Isle de Jean Charles to apply for relocation

Residents of a sinking Louisiana island have until the end of the month to apply for a new home under a first-of-its-kind federal program to help people retreat from the effects of climate change. 
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