Hurricane recovery in southwest Louisiana
Since August 2020, Gulf Coast correspondent Carly Berlin has been reporting on the toll Hurricanes Laura and Delta have taken in southwest Louisiana. She’s examined how officials tried to prepare during the COVID-19 pandemic, the aftermath of the storms, the slow response by federal agencies, and the mental health effects of multiple disasters.
Three of these stories were supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center’s Connected Coastlines Project, and several have been published in partnership with local and national outlets. We’re also working on several projects to reach folks without reliable internet access.
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