Storm system reminds everyone for the need to move quickly on Master Plan
(Baton Rouge, LA—June 20, 2017) As Tropical Storm Cindy approaches Coastal Louisiana, Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana released the following statement:
“With the imminent threat of a tropical system making landfall along the coast of Louisiana, we are reminded of the importance that our coastal wetlands play in the protection of coastal communities and those further inland. We continue to lose land at an alarming rate. Without swift action to restore and rebuild our coast, even small storms like the one this week, will have enormous impacts.
“Coastal Louisiana is expecting tides to run 2-4 feet higher than normal, which means coastal flooding along Highway 82 in Cameron Parish and LA 1 in Southeast Louisiana, among other coastal roadways that will be affected. In many cases, these are the only lifelines for people who live and work along our coast. Please be sure to heed all local warnings and evacuation recommendations. It’s often too late once the tide and storm surge begin to push inland.
“The 2017 Coastal Master Plan is now in place thanks to its passage by the legislature. This relatively small storm reminds us all how important the Master Plan’s rapid implementation is to our coast. These projects, both large and small, need to be a top priority for our state every day not just when a storm is bearing down on our coast. Once the storm hits, it is too late to think about what damage could have been prevented if we had been able to move more quickly.
“We, at CRCL hope everyone stays safe during this storm and throughout the hurricane season.”
Founded in 1988, The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is the longest standing statewide organization driving bold drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy. With the support of members and volunteers, CRCL advocates for strong coastal policies and implements restoration projects across coastal Louisiana. Visit crcl.org.