A series about South Louisiana’s disappearing communities
What was once one of Louisiana’s most popular island oases, Grand Isle now lies in shambles — homes destroyed, businesses in ruins and lives changed forever.
“It was tragic – so shocking, I still have no words,” says long-time Grand Isle vacationer Gregory Autin. “It looked like a nuke went off, you couldn’t even see the road – it was just covered in sand.”
On August 29, 2021, Hurricane Ida hit the Bayou Region of Southeastern Louisiana, causing mass destruction and leaving the low-lying island town of Grand Isle especially devastated.