Every year, communities on the Gulf of Mexico risk being swept away by the elements.

In 2005, the US state of Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 storm which breached levies and flooded the city of New Orleans. In July 2019, tropical storm Hurricane Barry again forced thousands to evacuate as heavy rainfall brought widespread flooding.

But hurricanes are not the only problem Louisiana is facing. It has been losing land to the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate, caused in part by oil exploration and made worse by rising sea levels from climate change.

It has threatened the unique and ancient way of life on the bayous as those communities now face the prospect of having to relocate to higher ground.

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