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.
City Councilman Jared Brossett for District D said he believed Levees.org’s plan for the house, vacant since Hurricane Katrina, was a good use for the property.
The goal for the house’s interior is to create a replica of how a flooded living room looked six weeks after the breach.
Levees.org’s sponsored historic plaque lies damaged on the ground at the breach site of the Industrial Canal in the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood of New Orleans. Photo/Robert Green
Early in the morning on September 29, 2016, a vehicle apparently struck and damaged the historic plaque at Jourdan Avenue and North Johnson by the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal (Industrial Canal).
This happened one year and one month after the plaque’s installation at a rousing and meaningful ceremony. One side of the plaque describes the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers to properly build the floodwall. The other side describes the near decimation of the historic Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood.
The plaque – which was knocked off of the post – was first noticed by Mr. Jason Freeman. It was photographed by Mr. Robert Green.
Fortunately, the plaque can be repaired, and will likely be returned to its proper resting place by November 1. Furthermore, the plaque base and pole will be stronger than before and better able to withstand being struck.