Losing Louisiana: A Tale of Two Coasts

Hurricane Katrina survivor Claire Taylor traveled to the Netherlands to see what storm control methods could best be used to protect vulnerable southern Louisiana from future cyclones.

Taylor, public service reporter for The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., was particularly interested in what lessons the Dutch, recognized as the international experts on coastal storm protection, could offer to southwest Louisiana, which was ravaged by the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. In her investigations, Taylor discovered that the Dutch used bigger dikes to protect their coasts.

Taylor, a native of Morgan City, La., has spent most of her time since the hurricanes interviewing, researching and shooting video (with the help of photographer Brad Kemp) in southern Louisiana.