In mid-October, more than 1,300 residents of Lake Charles, Louisiana were effectively evicted from their government-provided shelter in Louisiana and Texas hotels and told to return to their homes, kicking off arduous journeys and administrative appeals culminating in what many believed in the first place — their homes were inhabitable. Lake Charles was pummeled by Category 4 Hurricane Laura in late August before being slammed by Hurricane Delta about six weeks later — a pattern of successive destruction that could be becoming more common as climate change makes storms more extreme. More than half of residents’ appeals have resulted in the state admitting their homes were not “habitable,” including dozens reassesed as “destroyed.” Despite the state’s admittedly cursory inspection of the homes, residents were still required to physically travel several hours to Lake Charles. One of those residents whose home was deemed “livable,” 73-year-old Gloria Jack, found the floor of the upstairs of her two-story home her story home had fallen into her main floor with moldy stench throughout the home so strong it was unbearable for more than a few few minutes even with a mask. “Ain’t nobody can go up in there. That smell is killing me,” Jack’s daughter Vanessa Field told the Advocate. “This is what they sent her home to.” (The Advocate; Successive disasters: Popular Science)