Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans
DELACROIX - Many of the fishermen who once lived in the small Louisiana town of Delacroix have disappeared, fleeing behind the intricate levee system protecting New Orleans out of fear that one more hurricane will be all it takes to send the rest of Delacroix into the sea.
It's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, killing more than 1,830 people and causing more than $150 billion in damage in the nation's costliest disaster.
New Orleans has been fortified by a new $14.5 billion flood protection system. But outside the iconic city, efforts have lagged to protect small towns and villages losing land every year to erosion. And as that land buffer disappears, New Orleans itself becomes more vulnerable.
In the past century, more than 1,880 square miles of Louisiana land has turned into open water - an area nearly the size of Delaware.