Today, Levees.org unveiled Phase One of its proposed Flooded House Museum in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of New Orleans.
Until Labor Day, visitors can view the artistic rendering of a typical family room in New Orleans – filled with music and love – the day before the levees broke.
In Phase Two, starting after Labor Day, artists will “distress” the staged exhibit to create a flooded replica effect using theater art and scenic design techniques.
As revealed this month, the Army Corps of Engineers gave the East and West Levee Authorities a grade of “minimally acceptable” for their levee maintenance every year since Katrina.
The revelation got a lot of press; two stories in the Times-Picayune, two stories by WWL-TV and one in the Advocate.
It was Levees.org who obtained the data in a FOIA request and brought it to the press.
The Army Corps, while legally required to make the data public, had placed it on a website that was difficult to navigate.
And we just learned that the Army Corps – in response to Levees.org’s demands for transparency – had uploaded supporting documents from 2014 onto its website.