For seven months, Southerly has stayed on a story that received far too little media attention. Here’s how we did it.
Without advance warning about the true scale of power outages and the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning, local officials say they were caught off guard, leaving residents to fend for themselves.
Six months after Hurricane Laura, Lake Charles is still in a state of disrepair. The deep freeze has slowed recovery even more.
Poor energy efficiency and weatherization standards in Southern states made it even harder for people to stay warm and safe.
A pre-existing housing crisis in Lake Charles, along with slow federal aid, have left some renters unhoused for nearly six months.
Much of the South’s power and internet infrastructure is decades old, and increasingly failing communities during extreme weather events.
Displaced students and teachers balancing storm recovery and a mix of in-person and virtual classes need support, but most schools lack funding or capacity for mental health services.