Monday, November 29, 2004

Ivan proves Louisiana coast on its last leg, researcher says

After many decades of destruction from the most fierce forces of nature, Louisiana's Candeleur Islands are on the verge of vanishing. This story may be printed for FREE in any print publication. The tagline must be printed along with the story.

(PRWEB) November 29, 2004 -- In 1998, Hurricane Georges left the Chandeleur Islands in tatters when it roared past the island chain, but University of New Orleans researcher Shea Penland said they had regenerated and were in better shape than ever by this year.

“The islands had reconnected,” said Penland of UNO’s Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies. “They were a continuous chain. It was amazing to see how rebuilt the islands were since Georges.”

And then Ivan blasted by about 100 miles east of the spits of sand marking Louisiana’s eastern-most boundary.

“It was devastating,” Penland said. “Islands were there one day and gone the next. It was that dramatic.”

The chain was torn asunder again, with 35 to 40 percent of the visible islands disappearing. Curlew and Gosier islands were lost.

“It was a phenomenal storm,” Penland said. “If Ivan had come through (New Orleans), there’s no doubt that I would not be living in my house right now.

“If that eastern eye-wall would have come through Louisiana, we would have used body counts to measure its intensity.”


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