Historic plaque now back where it belongs

Thirteen months after its unveiling ceremony, the commemorative plaque at the Industrial Canal breach site in the Lower Ninth Ward was involved in a hit-and-run.

The beautiful plaque was the product of a multi-years long partnership between Levees.org and 23 stakeholder leaders from the historic neighborhood.

Fortunately, the $2,000 plaque could be repaired. Levees.org re-installed it last Thursday, one week before Thanksgiving.

But this time, the plaque is more sturdy in several ways.

  • The pole now has four 1/2″ steel rebars going 30 inches into the ground.
  • The plaque base was remade larger and thicker.
  • Two attractive bollards now protect the plaque.

The video tells the story about the plaque and the Army Corps of Engineers’ worst disaster on U.S. soil.

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New Orleans City Council unanimously approves Relic Flooded House

The proposed Relic Flooded House with debris on the roof, viewed from the London Avenue Canal. Photo/Stephen Nelson

The proposed Relic Flooded House with debris on the roof, viewed from the London Avenue Canal. Photo/Stephen Nelson

This week, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously in favor of Levees.org’s zoning change request.

This was the final hurdle for Levees.org’s quest to convert a flooded house – one that’s just a stone’s throw from a levee breach – into a historic monument.

The home at 4918 Warrington Drive in the Mirabeau Gardens neighborhood of Gentilly flooded to its roof when the London Avenue Canal floodwall, built by the Army Corps of Engineers, failed far below design specs.

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Army Corps of Engineers caught again lying about levee failures

We recently caught the Army Corps of Engineers lying to American people. Again.

In recently obtained video footage, the corps New Orleans district public affairs (P.A.) officer blamed Hurricane Katrina’s surge for the failure of the outfall canals.

Standing next to the 17th Street Canal, Lt. Colonel Austin Appleton’s P.A. officer states:

“The surge was just too great for the system. So, the system didn’t fail, it got over-ran.”

Every study – including the corps’ own IPET study – says the 17th Street and London Avenue canal walls did fail. Specifically, the canal walls failed to meet corps engineers’ design objectives.

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