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Louisiana’s population is already moving to escape climate catastrophe

By: Tim McDonnell

Date: 09/01/2020

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, St. Tammany parish was a rural, sparsely populated corner of southeastern Louisiana best known for sawmills and a smattering of fancy resorts. 

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

By: Christopher Flavelle

Date: 08/26/2020

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.

How lessons from Isle de Jean Charles could guide federal climate migration planning


Date: 08/16/2020

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. 

State Accepting Resettlement Applications from Former Residents of Isle De Jean Charles

Date: 06/22/2020

1/27/2021 Update: The call for applications described in this press release is for former island residents who moved off of the island prior to Hurricane Isaac. These former residents may be eligible for participation in the program’s Option B. The deadline for current and post-Isaac residents to apply for Options A and D passed on...

Lowland Kids | Climate Change Threatens Two Teenagers' Family Home

By: Short of the Week

Date: 05/08/2020

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.

As Gulf swallows island, displaced tribe fears future

By: Andrew J. Yawn

Date: 03/02/2020

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.    

Stay or Go? Some island residents struggle to decide

By: Andrew Yawn

Date: 03/02/2020

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.

As Gulf swallows Louisiana island, displaced tribe fears the future

By: Andrew J. Yawn

Date: 02/27/2020

It’s all but assumed this island will one day disappear beneath the waves.  

Why is Isle de Jean Charles disappearing? A timeline of land loss

By: Andrew Yawn

Date: 02/27/2020

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.