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Audio: Post-Katrina population shift offers clues to the impending migration from Louisiana’s coast

Tegan Wendland / WWNO

Lester Nicosia and his wife, Carole, just re-opened his family restaurant, Mutt’s, on the North Shore. People in St. Tammany Parish weren’t always friendly to transplants from St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina, but the Nicosias feel at home there now.

As Louisiana’s coast continues to disappear, people are moving inland. The state says thousands may be forced to leave their homes. But where will they go, and how will those places change?

For clues, we can look to St. Tammany Parish, where thousands moved after Hurricane Katrina.

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About Tegan Wendland

Tegan Wendland is WWNO's Interim News Director. She also reports on the coast. She has a background in investigative news reporting and an M.S. in Life Sciences Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio, The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge and WVIK-FM in Rock Island, Illinois. Her stories have aired nationally on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Marketplace.