Resiliency in the Gulf Coast

“One thing you know about folks in Louisiana, they are resilient.  People in Mississippi they are resilient.  They know what tough times are like, but they know they can bounce back.” – President Barack Obama, September 3, 2012 Today marks the 127th day of production.  Since leaving Seattle, we’ve visited over a dozen communities that haveContinue reading “Resiliency in the Gulf Coast”

Where is Our Levee Protection?

Hurricane Isaac caused an unusual amount of flooding after slow crawling through southeast Louisiana for two and a half days.  While the $14.5B dollar levee system built by the US Army Corps of Engineers to protect New Orleans worked as designed, many of the parishes around the New Orleans metropolitan area saw worse flooding thanContinue reading “Where is Our Levee Protection?”

Goose Bayou – Days 3 & 4

During our second day in Lafitte, we were invited by Mr. Roubin Maise, Jr., a former DEA Agent, and his neighbor Mr. Lindburg Santini, a shrimp fisherman, to visit Lower Lafitte and experience what it was like to live in their community in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. We spent two days living in nearContinue reading “Goose Bayou – Days 3 & 4”

Whose Got Babies?

Deborah Cavilier, a native of Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, volunteers her time, talent and financial resources to help the residents on the island of Lower Lafitte get back on their feet in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. Despite having storm damage to her own home, she spent days delivering baby formula, water, ice, and MREs toContinue reading “Whose Got Babies?”

Goose Bayou – Days 1 & 2

The following set of photos were taken near the Goose Bayou bridge which separates the communities of Jean Lafitte and Lafitte in lower Jefferson Parish Louisiana.   The team was given exclusive access, including a boat, to enter these closed areas by the US Army National Guard, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson ParishContinue reading “Goose Bayou – Days 1 & 2”

We Can’t Get No Help

George Hebert, a shrimper in Lower Lafitte, Louisiana, moved into his house a month ago, bought new furniture, and had 5 feet of water in his home after Hurricane Isaac. Now he tells his personal struggle to get transportation, food, medicine and support from the federal government after the storm. The clothes he is wearingContinue reading “We Can’t Get No Help”

Nobody Cares About Us

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Three days after Hurricane Isaac struck the Gulf Coast, we traveled to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana in Jefferson Parish to survey the wind and water damage. While there, we crossed paths with numerous residents who felt betrayed by the fact their town was left outside the levee system built by the Army Corps of Engineers to protect New Orleans. Many residents were also frustrated by the fact that desperately needed resources (food, ice, water and electricity) was slow in reaching their community