HOW TO SAVE A TOWN FROM RISING WATERS

·      Michael Isaac Stein

How to Save a Town From Rising Waters

Amiya Brunet on the bridge that leads to her home that frequently floods in Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana.

Josh Haner/The New York Times/Redux

This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

The only land route that connects Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, to the rest of the continental United States is Island Road, a thin, four-mile stretch of pavement that lies inches above sea level and immediately drops off into open water on either side. Even on a calm day, salt water laps over the road’s tenuous boundaries and splashes the concrete.

The road wasn’t so exposed when it was built in 1956. Residents could walk through the thick marsh that surrounded the road to hunt and trap. But over the coming decades, the landscape transformed…