Entire Louisiana Town Forced to Move Inland Due to Rising Sea Levels

The entire town of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, will have to move to higher ground as coastal waters have almost entirely consumed their island.

Federal funds will help the state move the residents to a new home after the island has been virtually washed away by rising sea levels. The Louisiana Office of Community Development announced that the state is starting the process of buying a 515-acre tract of land near Schriever, about 40 miles north of the island, where they will be resettled.

The state is blaming “environmental changes” for the 98% loss of land on the island since 1955, while many residents are blaming both Louisiana and the federal government, saying that levees were built in areas along the coastline that often made flooding worse on the island.

Source: Entire town in Terrebonne Parish will move to higher ground | WGNO

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