Local archaeologist on what floods may mean for future of coastline

Featured in the Louisiana Record

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro

NEW ORLEANS — The cities of Walker and Denham Springs filed a lawsuit against the state and its contractors — similar to the one filed in March by Tangipahoa Parish resident Levi Robertson — alleging that an Interstate 12 concrete barrier acted as a flood wall and was to blame for historic flooding in 2016.

But could these floods have affected something more intangible? According to one local archaeologist, more than people know.

The study of the Louisiana coastline and who settled here before are lessons that can be applied to how floods and storms affect the land, Brian Ostahowski, president and archaeologist at the Louisiana Archaeology Society, said.

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