The proposed Flooded House Relic with debris on the roof, viewed from atop the London Avenue Canal. Photo/Stephen Nelson
One year ago, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to approve Levees.org proposal to convert a badly flooded home at the London Avenue Canal levee breach site into a memorial.
Specifically, the city granted Levees.org a special permit to convert the house at 4918 Warrington Drive – which flooded to its rafters in 2005 – into a cultural facility open for public viewing.
We have an update! We recently submitted our final development plan to the New Orleans City Planning Commission and had a great meeting with the City Safety and Permits personnel. At this time, there are no foreseeable obstacles to implementing the project.
The S&WB flooding of August 5 is similar to the Army Corps of Engineers’ flooding of August 29. In both cases, we had agencies with centuries of experience that we trusted. After the levees failed, Levees.org made sure the levee investigation was unbiased, thorough and transparent. Twelve years later, we’re doing the same thing regarding the ‘root cause analysis’ of the S&WB. And we congratulate WWL TV for initiating its own investigation.