Wendell Curoles family has been part of the Louisiana coast for five generations, but as he explains, hurricanes have forced the family to move north on several occasions. Originally, the family lived on Chenière Caminada, a small fishing island, but in 1893, a hurricane ripped through it, killing an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 people.
What was left of Curoles family migrated to Leeville. Unfortunately, in 1915 a Category 4 storm, touched down near Grand Isle, leaving 275 people dead, and Leeville in shambles. Curoles family relocated this time to the area of Cutoff, Louisiana and Golden Meadow, Louisiana.
The Curole family is tired of moving. As the director of the South LaFourche Levee District, Curole thinks its time this country realized that when a hurricane hits the Louisiana coast, its not just a matter of insured, beachfront property being destroyed.
Weve been retreating in all coastal Louisiana, Curole says. People have been retreating from the coast. Yet, were not condos on the beach. Were there producing oil; fisheries 30 percent of the nations fisheries in the lower 48 states comes from Louisiana; we build ships. So were producing for the rest of the country.