Water Main documentary, "In Deep: One City's Year of Climate Chaos"

Houses are surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Delta
Houses are surrounded by flood waters after Hurricane Delta passed through the Lake Charles area on October 10, 2020.
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Water Main documentary: "In Deep: One City's Year of Climate Chaos"

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During a year already vexed by a global pandemic, residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana, suffered two hurricanes, an ice storm, and a devastating flood — a level of catastrophe that portends our nation’s disastrous climate future and reveals the insufficient safety nets available to the most vulnerable. Storms and hurricanes are part of life on the Gulf Coast, but this level of climate chaos feels new. And scientists say this is a glimpse of the future.

Lake Charles — a city of about 80,000 people in southwest Louisiana with deep inequalities — offers a disturbing view of the wrenching, real-life effects of climate change and equity. This documentary from The Water Main will chronicle the effects of these disasters over the course of a year, starting with Hurricane Laura, on August 27, 2020.

Listen to it here.

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