Partnering with the Neighborhood, Levees.org will Build Exhibition and Garden at Breach Site

Today, in partnership with the neighborhood residents of Gentilly in New Orleans, Levees.org unveiled two possible scenarios for a Levee Exhibition and Garden.

The exhibit and garden will be built at the site of one of the most catastrophic breaches on August 29, 2005, the east breach of the London Avenue Canal in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood.

During Katrina, when moderate storm surge was still four feet from the tops of the canal walls, the levees failed and exposed negligent civil engineering on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Here is the Associated Press story:



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Exhibit and Garden Planned at Levee Breach Site

A pile of weed-covered debris lies in front of the breach site on July 28, 2014 Photo/Sandy Rosenthal

A pile of weed-covered debris lies in front of the breach site of the London Avenue Canal on July 28, 2014 Photo/Sandy Rosenthal

In partnership with the neighborhood residents of Gentilly in New Orleans, Levees.org will revitalize a vacant lot still badly blighted after Hurricane Katrina.

The lot is directly in front of a east side levee breach site of the London Avenue Canal where the rushing water literally pushed the house formerly on the lot fifty feet into the street.

Working in cooperation with Gentilly neighborhood residents, Levees.org plans to build an outdoor exhibit and garden to explain the history of the Army Corps of Engineers’ levee system and its tragic failure in 2005.

Neighbors are hoping the exhibit and garden will lead to further revitalization of the neighborhood where vacant lots, abandoned houses and illegal dumping are a problem.

Click here for the Associated Press story.

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Tulane University to offer mini-course featuring Levees.org founder

Sandy Rosenthal at the unveiling of historic plaque at the breach site of the 17th Street Canal. Photo dated Aug 26, 2010.

Sandy Rosenthal unveils historic plaque at breach site of 17th Street Canal on August 26, 2010.

This coming semester, Tulane University will offer a mini-course featuring Sandy Rosenthal and how she started and built the influential grassroots group, Levees.org.

The mini-course will be offered as part of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) developed by Dr. Charles Figley, Director of the Tulane Traumatology Institute.

MOOCs are a surging new trend in higher education because they allow virtually unlimited enrollment worldwide.

Traditional online courses charge tuition and limit the enrollment to a few dozen students to ensure interaction with instructors. MOOCs, on the other hand, are free and anyone with an Internet connection can enroll.

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