Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas painted the increase in reported rapes — from 136 in 2012 to 176 last year — as a sign that more women trust the department’s detectives enough to come forward as victims of a crime that often goes unreported.

New maps are redrawn all the time with new features, said Meredith Westington, chief geographer at NOAA’s [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s] Office of Coast Survey, which updates maps. But having such a high number of removals in one place – all along Plaquemines Parish – is unprecedented, she said.

“This is the first I’ve seen it,” Westington said. “I don’t know that anyone has seen these kinds of mass changes before.”

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...