Will the state of Louisiana ever catch a break? That’s what many who live here wonder, as do many more who used to live there or know someone that still lives there.
The state was famously thrashed by Hurricane Katrina some years back, which killed many and destroyed entire portions of New Orleans and surrounding parishes. The city has rebounded nicely since then, with much of the rest of the nation contributing all it could to the recovery efforts.
Unfortunately, the state of Louisiana did not go unscathed in the hurricane season of 2017. While Harvey, Irma, and Maria primarily hit places like Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, this particular state was on the outer edges of many of these storms or dealt with their remnants after they made landfall in other places.
Those other places did get hit harder and are deservedly getting most of the attention, but possibly too much so. Louisiana did see a lot of rain and flooding, and there are many structures that took wind damage or are sitting on ground that absorbed too much moisture.
Water is a huge risk to the state, especially in the bayou of the lower state. While the cause of rising sea levels is under serious political dispute, many home- and land-owners on the coast or in the bayou know all too well that water levels are higher than they were a generation ago, and some lots have been abandoned already. A number of towns know they are on a clock, and some have already relocated further inland.
Conversely, the sediment carried into the Gulf of Mexico by the mighty Mississippi River has been increasing the delta at the river mouth for eons, and so that is one part of the state where the amount of land is actually winning against the water.