Lessons of hurricane Katrina are being ignored

2019-02-27 04:06:06

By Jim Giles in San Francisco THE jewel in Louisiana’s coast is almost glittering again. With 10 kilometres of beach, great fishing and a small-town atmosphere, Grand Isle is the ideal refuge for those seeking a second home or a break from the intensity of city life. It is hard to believe that two years ago this week, hurricane Katrina swept across the island. The rebuilding may not quite be done, but tourists are back. “We are open and ready for your visit,” proclaims the island’s website. For those who study coastal development, however, Grand Isle symbolises not hope,