Hurricane Katrina

French-speaking Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, has abandoned dwellings are everywhere due to storms, erosion, and rising sea-levels.

Storms and rising sea levels threaten to wipe out French language in Louisiana’s bayou country


Rising sea levels, erosion and storms in Louisiana’s bayou country have flooded entire communities. For some French speakers, Hurricane Ida was the last straw — and many are now moving away.

A man in a wheelchair is evacuated during a storm

Hurricane evacuation of nursing home residents still an unsolved challenge

Natural disasters
children play in the dark in puerto rico 8 months after hurricane maria

Hurricane kids: What Katrina taught us about saving Puerto Rico’s youngest storm victims

Katrina Cottage

Arts, Culture & Media

Weaving Climate Change Data into Art

Arts, Culture & Media
Jesmyn Ward

Jesmyn Ward reflects on Katrina


The author was at the end of her summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi.

Katrina flooding

New Orleans is still vulnerable to another big storm


Even though Hurricane Katrina was weaker than previous hurricanes that had hit New Orleans, the storm inundated parts of the city and displaced thousands of people, many of them permanently. And according to at least one prominent scientist, the disaster was almost entirely preventable. Not only that, the city is still vulnerable to another big storm.

New Orleans 2

Do feel-good slogans like ‘Resilient New Orleans’ and ‘Boston Strong’ mask income inequality?

Global Politics

In Boston and New Orleans, Black, Latino and whites are of different minds about how the strength of a city to bounce back from trauma affects the actual meaning of resilience.

Chef Thierry Marceaux at his restaurant in Las Cruces, New Mexico

This French chef says Katrina changed his life, perhaps for the better


French chef Thierry Marceaux lost his job at a five-star hotel in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit the city. The storm also destroyed his home. So he left the bayou and moved to the desert, and started over.

Holy Cross, New Orleans

Marco Werman: It’s about the flood, not the storm


What made people come back to New Orleans in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina? Is it resilience? Hubris? Mostly, as Marco Werman sees, it seems to be a little of both.