Governor signs Levees.org’s Flood Protection Bill into Law

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Rep Patrick Connick and Sandy Rosenthal. Photo/Ralph Madison

A Flood Protection bill strongly championed by Levees.org was just signed into law.

Capping the victory, founder Sandy Rosenthal was honored – along with the bill’s sponsor – to be invited by Governor John Bel Edwards to the Capitol Press Room for a special signing.

This honor is offered only to proponents of significant legislation.

House Bill 266, authored by Rep Patrick Connick-R (Marrero), requires term limits for the small group of people that decides who will spend $60 million annually on flood protection work.*

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New furniture at Levee Exhibit Hall

Two rocking chairs complement the mood at the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden. Photo/Sandy Rosenthal

Despite the freeze, the Levee Exhibit Hall & Garden is still inviting and peaceful; a perfect opportunity to brush up on the worst civil engineering disaster in US history.

The museum-quality panels are set up like a museum. There’s no beginning or end. Just meander through finding and choosing what interests you.

After your educational experience, you can sit yourself down on one of the two rocking chairs recently donated by Ann and Joe LaGarde.

You can be sure to see all types of wildlife, including pelicans, whistling ducks, ibis, and of course, three kinds of egrets.

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HJ Bosworth explains why water pressure so low

Civil engineer HJ Bosworth explains that given the Mississippi River is low the raw water intake was impacted last week which may have exacerbated the water pressure during the extraordinary cold spell.

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Chapter 10 of Founder Rosenthal’s book is complete

Sandy Rosenthal at soon-to-open Flooded House Relic at London Avenue Canal breach site. Photo credit/Cheryl Gerber

Founder Sandy Rosenthal is nearing completion of her book. The 12-chapter non-fiction book is about how and why she founded Levees.org with her son Stanford, and what the group accomplished. The following excerpt is the final paragraphs of Chapter 10.

“…In 2010, while driving a rental car from Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts to my family’s home on the eastern side of the state, I listened to NPR. I marvelled over how the news station had a very distinctive ‘voice’ or cadence in telling its stories. And there, on the Mass Pike, I fantasized about how the name Levees.org would sound, spoken in that cadence, coming from the radio in a nationally aired story.

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