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State chooses site near Thibodaux to relocate Isle de Jean Charles climate refugees

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After nearly two years of deliberations, the state has entered negotiations to purchase a 515-acre sugar cane farm near Thibodaux where officials hope to resettle the residents of Isle de Jean Charles, an island in south Terrebonne Parish that is quickly sinking under rising seas.

The residents, most of whom are members of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, are the nation's first climate refugees, the beneficiaries of a first-of-its-kind $48 million federal grant to relocate communities fleeing climate change.

The grant would move them about 40 miles to the northwest and, crucially, put them on land less susceptible to flooding than the island, where the lone road is often inundated.

Read the full story at The Advocate.

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