Panel to Address Coastal Land Loss, Storms’ Impacts on Communities

NEW ORLEANS – Restore the Mississippi River Delta will host “Closed for Storm: Jazzland, the MRGO and Louisiana’s Coastal Crisis,” a virtual panel to discuss how storms and coastal land loss have impacted communities and what can happen to restore the coast. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Speakers include Amanda Moore, National Wildlife Federation Gulf Program deputy director and MRGO Must Go Coalition lead; Arthur Johnson, Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development CEO; John Shaw, Closed for Storm producer; and Jessi Parfait, The Water Institute of the Gulf anthropologist. 

Fifteen years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and during one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in Louisiana history, this panel will examine the impacts of storms and land loss on people and places across Louisiana’s coast.

Recently premiered at the New Orleans Film Festival, “Closed for Storm” showcases Six Flags New Orleans, which remains abandoned and frozen in time as a grim reminder of the enduring impacts of storm surge and the MRGO to nearby communities. From this theme park to neighborhoods in the Greater New Orleans area to communities across the coast, few places in Louisiana remain untouched by these disasters.

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