Jordan Bridges reacts to information in the Levee Exhibit. Photo/Ralph Madison
Now that the cool weather of autumn has arrived, come visit Levees.org’s first ever outdoor levee exhibit at 5000 Warrington Drive in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.
Residents and visitors alike can view six museum-quality exhibit panels housed in a 100-foot covered walkway. The text and forty photographs tell the story and bust the myths still encircling the levee breaches in Greater New Orleans in 2005.
The six panels are about ALL the levee breaches, ALL the neighborhoods, ALL the lives..
The Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden are located at the east breach site of the London Avenue Canal. Water from the breach had actually pushed the home that once stood there, foundation and all, into the street.
The recently opened Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden is a perfect place for Sandy Rosenthal (center in green shirt) to meet journalists from Latin America.
Recently, Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org met with a group of fifteen visitors from Latin America including four interpreters.
The visitors were in New Orleans as part of a special program with the U.S Department of State to examine the ethical standards of conduct in government that underlie the U.S. democratic system and demonstrate how these standards are defined, monitored, and enforced in federal, state, and local governments.
The group included representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraquay and Venezuala.
Ms. Rosenthal met the group at the outdoor Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly, the site of one of the most severe levee breaches during Katrina.
She spoke on Levees.org’s work in exposing the Army Corps of Engineers levee building mistakes and its disinformation campaign after Katrina to cover them up.
STAFF PHOTO BY TED JACKSON Sandy Rosenthal, the woman behind levees.org. Her cry “hold the Corps Accountable” has become mainstream. Her son Sanford helped get levees.org going. In the background is the 17th street canal floodgate construction. 6/06/06 TIMES-PICAYUNE /LANDOV
When Sandy Rosenthal founded Levees.org in 2005 with her son, he was barely more than 15 years old.
Sandy was leader and spokesperson. Stanford was the website designer. He also created the logo.
Neither mom nor son had any idea that the non-profit would still be going strong ten years later.
It took ten years and the help of thousands of supporters to expose the Army Corps of Engineers’ levee building mistakes and its disinformation campaign to cover them up.