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.
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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