'There's no more land'

Published 6:34 PM ET, Thu April 7, 2016
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The community of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, shown here in 2015, is disappearing in part because of poor river management and climate change.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced a $48 million grant to help relocate residents. Rita Falgout and her husband, Roosevelt "Rooster" Falgout, have lived on the marshy island for 22 years.
George Hernandez throws a cast net at the entrance to Isle de Jean Charles. Hernandez is a resident of nearby Houma, Louisiana, and he often travels to the island to fish. It's about 1.5 hours by car south of New Orleans.
The landscape of coastal Louisiana is marked with "ghost trees" that have fallen victim to saltwater intrusion.
Crab traps are stacked on a dock on Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes, which is near Isle de Jean Charles.
Only one road goes to the community: Island Road. About 25 to 30 homes are left on the island. Residents will have the option to move to the new community, but they will not be forced to leave.
Violet Hendon-Parfait, a lifelong resident of the island, stands with her 15-year-old daughter, Heather.
When tides are high and winds are blowing, Island Road sometimes becomes impassable. Isle de Jean Charles is vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. The marsh is disappearing and seas are rising because of global warming. William Widmer/William Widmer/William Widmer
Chris Brunet is a seventh-generation resident of Isle de Jean Charles. He has lived his entire life on the island.
An evacuation pod from an oil rig sits in an empty lot on Island Road.
State officials say they expect to have purchased land for a new community by the end of this year. Residents say they are grieving the loss of their community. Some say they won't leave.