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Sunday, September 05, 2021

Hurricane Ida brought hardship to the New Orleans area and many other parts of southeastern Louisiana: prolonged power disruptions and water outages, schools shuttered indefinitely, roads flooded, roofs blown away, homes obliterated. The destruction in Grand Isle was particularly agonizing because the tiny spot was already so endangered.

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Like all the land in this part of coastal Louisiana, the islands were formed by clay, silt and sand deposited by the Mississippi River -- a sort of earthen Jello that has been sinking even as global water levels increase, giving the region the dubious distinction of one of the world's highest rates of relative sea-level rise.

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...Part of an eroding chain of barrier islands that fringe the southeast coast of Louisiana, Grand Isle is a narrow strip just eight square miles in all, about a half-mile wide on average. Like all the land in this part of coastal Louisiana, the islands were formed by clay, silt and sand deposited by the Mississippi River -- a sort of earthen Jello that has been sinking even as global water levels increase, giving the region the dubious distinction of one of the world's highest rates of relative sea-level rise....

Another aspect of these barrier islands disappearing is that they perform a vital function of serving to reduce the intensity of hurricanes before they hit the mainland. They are usually the first land that a gulf hurricane aimed at Louisiana runs into, and they take a chunk of intensity out of the hurricane before the more populated areas are hit.


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-05 12:33 PM | Reply

People who elected climate change deniers have their homes destroyed by climate change.

Fitting and justified.

A story to be repeated all across the country for decades.

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-05 01:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1 | Posted by LampLighter

They also are usually covered in vegetation like cypress and not houses.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-05 02:27 PM | Reply

@#3 ... They also are usually covered in vegetation like cypress and not houses ...

Yeah.

And the vegatation's roots tend to hold on to the soil and reduce the amount of soil that washes away, unlike houses.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-05 04:23 PM | Reply

"There was a hurricane in Galveston once"

- GoatJaker

#5 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-06 01:33 PM | Reply

Speak softly you are one crazy@#$&. You think because Grade Isle swings 54/46 Republican they somehow deserve to have,their houses destroyed? And you call yourself a liberal? zero compassion, trapped in "othering" behavior. What if someone said the New Yorkers deserved to drown in their basement apartments because New York is a liberal city? How crazy would that be? red StRes, Blue State --------, anyone who celebrates death and destruction of "others m" is sick.period.

#6 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-09-06 08:28 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Whatever.

It's day 8 and I still don't have electricity.

I'm gonna see how my neighbors taste ...

This place is a urine-soaked hell-hole.

#7 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-09-07 01:25 AM | Reply

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