Cut Off, Louisiana
“Used to” was the theme permeating our driving tour of Cut-Off. The born and raised native, grandfather, and boat captain who piled us into his truck pointed out the ditches that used to be canals, the hundreds of acres of marsh that used to be Delta Farms, and the fields of soybeans that used to be a farming community complete with a grocery store, a dance hall, and a church. He brought us to Leeville to see the used- to- be graveyards and the used- to- be orange orchards. We saw the used- to- be working boats moored against the seawalls of Bayou Lafourche, indicating the state of the used- to- be better economy.
Cut- Off used to be more prosperous, but the low price of oil is hitting them where it hurts. It not only affects the enormous volume of people who work to service and man the numerous oil rigs populating the gulf, but also the bakeries who profit from gift basket sales to boat companies during the holidays and the fisherman who rely on their neighbors with oilfield money to buy their catch.