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Washing Away: Losing Louisiana
The story of Louisiana's disappearing coastline and how this unfolding crisis affects all of America.

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In the Fall of 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita churned ashore and wreaked havoc upon the already endangered coastline of Louisiana. Washing Away: Losing Louisiana tells the stories of six Louisianans and how the storms affected the coastline, their land and their livelihoods. These people share their stories and their knowledge of the larger impacts of coastal land loss on the environment, wildlife, the economy, industry, culture and communities.

The participants include New Orleans chef Leah Chase, the owner of the famous Dooky Chase Restaurant; Errol Domingue, a third-generation sugar cane, rice, cattle and crawfish farmer from Erath; Preston Dore, a shrimper from Delcambre whose seafood restaurant, bar and distribution business were destroyed by Rita. Marlon Horton, a 26-year-old New Orleans East resident, videotaped his harrowing experiences during and following Katrina including the flooding of his home, his helicopter rescue, and evacuation to the Causeway bridge and then to the Astrodome. Also featured are Port Fourchon port director Ted Falgout and Kerry St. Pe, a marine biologist and director of the Barataria-Terrebone National Estuary, a 4.2 million acre area currently experiencing the world’s fastest rate of land loss.

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates the program, which features music by Cajun performer Zachary Richard, New Orleans jazz singer Leah Chase and the talented Cajun band L’Angelus.

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Washing Away: Losing Louisiana

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