Grand Isle, Louisiana

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Grand Isle (French: Grande-Île) is a town in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, located on a barrier island of the same name in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is at the mouth of Barataria Bay where it meets the gulf. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,541; during summers, the population has increased to over 20,000. Grand Isle is part of the New OrleansMetairieKenner Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Grand Isle's only land connection to the mainland is via an automobile causeway bridge, near the west end of the island, which connects it to southern Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. To reach the rest of Jefferson Parish by roadway, one has to travel through two different parishes (Lafourche and St. Charles) through a total distance of about 95 miles (153 km).

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History

Grand Isle has been repeatedly pummelled by hurricanes through its history. On average, Grand Isle has been affected by tropical storms or hurricanes every 2.68 years since 1877, with hurricane direct hits on average every 7.88 years.[2] Only some of the more severe are listed here.

In 1860 a 6-foot (2 m) storm surge and great winds resulted in the total devastation of the island.

In the 1893 Atlantic hurricane season Grand Isle was devastated by a 16-foot (5 m) storm surge.

In the 1909 Atlantic hurricane season the island was hit with a second 16-foot (5 m) storm surge.

A Category 4 hurricane devastated Grand Isle on 29 September during the 1915 Atlantic hurricane season.

Grand Isle was hit by a 3.6-foot (1.1 m) storm surge on 22 August during the 1947 Atlantic hurricane season.

In 1956 Hurricane Flossy damaged the island.

Grand Isle was hit by Hurricane Betsy in September 1965.

Tropical Storm Frances put the entire island under water in 1998.

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