Bike Tour of Levee Breaches is Today!

Sandy Rosenthal discusses the breach of the 17th Street Canal. Photo/Gary Michael Smith

Sandy Rosenthal discusses the breach of the 17th Street Canal. Photo/Gary Michael Smith

TODAY: Levees.org’s 4th Annual Levee Breach Bike Tour departs today Saturday at 9 a.m.!

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME: 9 to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Departs City Park Boat Rental Parking Lot (restrooms available)
NOTE: You must provide your own bike.

The free two-hour tour is a healthy meaningful way to find out more about the worst civil engineering disaster in the U.S. history. Click here.

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Good news for Levee Exhibition and Garden: RAIN

There's rain falling in Gentilly! Photo at 9:18:57 a.m. CDT on March 25, 2015

There’s rain falling in Gentilly! Photo taken 9:18:57 a.m. CDT on March 25, 2015

There’s lots of rain falling on our newly planted trees at the upcoming Levee Museum and Park.

The museum and park, more accurately, the Levee Exhibition and Garden, will tell the full vetted stories about the Flooding of Greater New Orleans in August of 2005.

This is important since this was the worst civil engineering disaster on U.S. soil in the history of the nation. The failed levees, designed and built by the Army Corps of Engineers, led to unprecedented flooding.

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Another step toward opening day

College aged volunteers in New Orleans for spring break plant trees at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly

College aged volunteers in New Orleans for spring break plant trees at 5000 Warrington Drive in Gentilly. Photo/Sandy Rosenthal

There is more progress at the Open-air Levee Exhibition and Garden in the Gentilly neighborhood.

Today, under sunny skies, volunteers with Hike for KaTREEna planted six trees at 5000 Warrington Drive. After nearly a week of wet weather, the college aged volunteers, who had given up their spring break, had buttery soft soils to work with. Under the watchful eye of director Connie Uddo, they planted five red maples, a bald cypress and a native fringe tree!

Today marked the official ground breaking for the museum and park at the breach site of the London Avenue Canal breach.

Working with the neighborhood communities, the grassroots group Levees.org will build a series of exhibits that tell the full vetted story of why the levees broke in fifty different places nearly ten years ago.

The park is scheduled to open in June 2015.

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