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Levee Education Park Opens in Gentilly

Levee Education Park opens

Jasmine Haralson, Sandy Rosenthal, Carmen Owens, Jim Singleton, Nick Harris and others cut the ribbon for the Levee Education Park and Museum at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly.
By Denise Walter McConduit, Gentilly columnist  on July 15, 2015 at 8:03 AM, updated July 15, 2015 at 8:04 AM

A ribbon cutting for Levee Education Park, at the site of the Hurricane Katrina levee breach in Filmore Gardens in Gentilly, was held July 11. The site is at 5000 Warrington Drive.

The event was sponsored by Levees.org in partnership with neighborhood residents, Growing Green, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Parkway Partners. Local residents were invited to see the 100-foot long covered exhibition hall that houses six 8-foot brightly colored exhibit boards. Text and 40 large photographs tell the story and myths regarding New Orleans' flooding during Katrina in 2005.

An exhibit hall serveas as a memorial to the trauma of the flood, which was a pivotal moment in American history, and a symbol of the residents' resilience and determination to return home.

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New Gentilly Exhibit Details Levee Failures That Flooded New Orleans in 2005

Breach site houses memorial, garden

KATY RECKDAHLSPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE

Richard Tatum knew this section of the London Avenue Canal levee as a child decades ago.

“I caught my first fish right here,” he said as he gazed at the site of a key breach in the city’s levee system during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Shoddy workmanship and poor engineering led to numerous such breaches in levees and floodwalls. As a result, 80 percent of New Orleans and all of St. Bernard Parish ended up underwater.

New Orleans Mission begins restoration project

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New Orleans Mission Long in need of repair, the century-old building in Central City that houses the New Orleans Mission where more than 200 members of the homeless community are cared for daily, is getting a facelift. Repairs expected to total $6 million are now underway. ( ) By Marilyn Stewart 
on July 12, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Long in need of repair, the century-old building in Central City that houses the New Orleans Mission where more than 200 members of the homeless community are cared for daily, is getting a facelift. Repairs expected to total $6 million are now underway.

Built in the early 1900s, the building is the former home of the A. Levitan Furniture Store. As preparations were made to remove the exterior façade, some original windows, complete with furniture ads, were found intact.

Restoration will return the building to its 1920s look. 

Exhibit marks Hurricane Katrina London Avenue Canal failures

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 By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 

 

An outdoor exhibition marking the 10th anniversary of the flooding caused by failures of the London Avenue Canal opened Saturday morning (July 11) near 5000 Warrington Drive in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.

Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org, a post-Katrina organization devoted to disseminating information about the levee failures, led the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Explaining the need for the exhibit, she said that visitors arriving at Armstrong International Airport crave a location to acquaint themselves with the tragedies of 2005. The London Avenue Canal Exhibit and Garden will provide a destination. In her remarks, Rosenthal emphasized her position that the flooding was caused by engineering flaws, not natural disaster.

With neighbors’ help, row of empty lots becomes a small, tidy woods

Katy Reckdahl|Special to the Advocate 

July 1, 2015

 

Ten years ago, a family headed by two doctors owned a row of three houses along a strip of Chantilly Drive in New Orleans East.

The homes were bordered by a canopy of trees and a neat brick wall with lights on the top. Often, the air would be filled with the sounds of neighbors laughing and splashing in a swimming pool behind the fence.

But the houses and the wall were torn down after the flood that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The trees died after sitting in the salt water that covered this part of eastern New Orleans for weeks after the storm.

So when Lawrence and Barbara Banks returned from Katrina exile and looked out their front window, they saw nothing but devastation. The lots were empty and quiet. Often, the foliage was wild, Barbara Banks, 65, recalled.

“After Katrina, it was nothing but a big sea of grass and weeds,” she said. “And every day, I’d walk outside and think of what used to be there.”

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