Town of Grand Isle Supervisor of Highways Chris Hernandez during a Williams-Mystic field seminar in Grand Isle, LA.
Coastal Community Relief has a longstanding connection with the Town of Grand Isle, Louisiana and the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw. These communities have welcomed students and educators each semester into their homes and their lives, and given generously of their time and expertise. Funds raised through Coastal Community Relief’s Post-Hurricane Ida Relief Effort (PHIRE) through October 8, 2021 were distributed to the Mayor's Community Fund for the Town of Grand Isle, and to the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw nonprofit organization. Both communities are using the funds to assist residents with immediate crucial needs. After October 8, all of the funds raised through this campaign will be donated to the Grand Caillou/Dulac Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw. The community leaders will apply the aid where it is most needed to help provide food and shelter directly to those suffering, and to support their ongoing recovery.
Chief Shirell Parfait-Dardar in Prevost Cemetery, one of four community cemeteries for the Grand Calliou/Dulac Band of the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw.
An electrical system in Grand Isle, LA after Hurricane Ida made its way through the state.
Both Dulac and Grand Isle have experienced widespread devastation in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Chief Shirell described the impact in Dulac as “totally catastrophic”, with the majority of properties in the community sustaining massive damage if not complete destruction. Reports from Grand Isle describe a community that is “100% uninhabitable” and residents have been warned to stay away while emergency crews work to assess the damage. The full toll of the storm’s impact has yet to be fully understood, but thousands of residents in both communities have lost everything.
A photo of the Hernandez home in Grand Isle, LA immediately following Hurricane Ida.