The New York Times

Ida Reveals Two Louisianas: One With Storm Walls, Another Without

LAROSE, La. — After Hurricane Katrina, an ambitious and expensive system of levees, walls, storm gates and pumps was installed around New Orleans to protect against the kind of flooding and horror that so deeply scarred the city, and the nation, in 2005. And when Hurricane Ida hit last week, exactly 16 years later, those hopes were largely fulfilled. The flooding was minimal. But 60 miles away, in the small community of Larose, the situation was different. In William Lowe’s neighborhood, storm s

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