Louisiana will lose 1,750 square miles to the ocean over the next 50 years as sinking soils, rising sea levels and man-made developments continue eating away at the coast. The quickly eroding oceanside prompted state officials in 2012 to approve a $50 billion, 3,000-page master plan to restore and protect Louisiana’s coast.

Nine years ago, the neighborhood where 77,000 people live, lost two health care facilities to flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The 215,000-square-foot New Orleans East Hospital is set to open June 26.

When language becomes a barrier for their children at school, parents with limited English proficiency also pay the price.




The New York Times Student Journalism Institute in New Orleans for 2014 is now concluded. We will resume in May 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.

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The National Weather Service of New Orleans/Baton Rouge issued a flash flood watch Wednesday afternoon remaining into effect through Thursday evening.