Louisiana Considered: HUD Sells Houses In Flood Zones, Bayou Communities Face Long Recovery From Ida, Influx Of Surrendered Pets In Southern Animal Shelters
- WWNO/WRKF Lead Coastal Reporter Tegan Wendland aided an NPR investigation into the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s sales of homes in flood-prone areas to unsuspecting citizens seeking affordable housing. The investigation found that HUD disproportionately sold more houses built in official flood zones compared to houses on high ground in multiple states, and that over 20% of the homes that HUD sold in Louisiana between 2017 and 2020 were located in official flood zones.
- WWNO/WRKF reporter Rich Webster tells us about the damage he saw in Louisiana’s bayou communities while reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
- NPR Correspondent Frank Morris interviewed several residents of Galliano, LA in Lafourche Parish about their survival and efforts to recover after their homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Ida.
- Gulf States Newsroom reporter Eva Tesfaye reports on a recent influx of pets surrendered to shelters in the Gulf South. The higher rate of surrenders is attributed in part to the federal COVID-19 eviction moratorium being lifted in August.