Levees.org founder speaks to broadcast journalists from Seoul, Korea

Sandy and K press from Ralph Madison on Vimeo.

Today, the founder of Levees.org spoke to a group of twenty broadcast journalists from South Korea who are in town to learn about disaster management in the U. S. and the role of the media.

The group met at the site of the nearly completed Open Air Levee Exhibition and Garden at the site of the east London Avenue Canal breach. (The background noise in the video above is caused by construction at the site.)

The visitors program is arranged through New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council, a nonprofit that arranges professional programs for international leaders who come to New Orleans on U.S. State Department and other programs.

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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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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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