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Learning to live with water: Louisiana confronts climate threats

Learning to live with water: Louisiana confronts climate threats

by Nicky Milne and Timothy Moss

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting on his porch in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Otis Tucker cuts a lone figure on a street punctuated with large empty spaces - the shadows of homes lost to Hurricane Katrina.

Tucker lives in the part of the Louisiana city most devastated by the powerful storm and its aftermath in 2005, when levees designed to protect the city from flooding failed.

Many residents of the poor neighbourhood have struggled to return after fleeing Katrina.

Lack of funds to come home and rebuild, coupled with developers swiftly moving in, and gentrification of this predominantly black, lower-income area, have left scars.

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