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Louisiana 'islanders' find a new home beyond the water

Louisiana 'islanders' find a new home beyond the water

by Nicky Milne & Valeria Cardi

Standing in the long grass on the land where he was born, with the sea now lapping just meters away, Chief Albert Naquin remembers Isle de Jean Charles as a wonderful place to grow up.

"It's like night and day - we were totally self-sufficient here. Now you have to go off the island to survive," he said of his community in southeast Louisiana - one that is being dispersed by the encroaching waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Since the 1950s, the small strip of land - once 11 miles (18 km) by 5 miles (8 km) - has lost 98 percent of its mass, according to the U.S. Land Remote Sensing Program. It is linked to the mainland by a road flanked by water on either side.

The fear is that the "island", as it is known, could wash away in the next big storm.

For more on this story: http://www.thisisplace.org/i/?id=87b6ac85-fb19-4689-b303-9389d093c73a

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