Isle de Jean Charles, La. In a muddy field about 70 kilometers (45 miles) southwest of New Orleans, Chris Brunet’s new home is starting to take shape.
A row of small houses has sprouted in this former sugar cane farm along a wavy road alongside a meandering bayou. Nearly completed structures show off broad front porches and large covered patios. A stubble of cinder block columns mark where others will stand, raised a bit off the lowland ground.