Climate change is affecting poorer communities harder. For some, FEMA grants are out of reach.
Sharon Louis worries her Chicago neighborhood on the city’s South Side has borrowed time.
Waves from Lake Michigan Dough apartments along the coast. Sinkholes the streets of the predominantly black and working class community are pockmarked by erosion. A crater, Louis recalled, opened next to a street lamp.
As Louis and her neighbors push for solutions, a family whose windows were shattered by the waves last year has now built their own fortress out of rocks, sandbags and concrete.
“If they didn’t do the job, they wouldn’t exist,” Louis, a Black Chicago Water Council advocacy activist, said of her neighbors. “That’s how bad the situation is.”