On Saturday July 11, 2015, Levees.org cut the ribbon for the country’s first ever outdoor levee exhibit at 5000 Warrington Drive in the Gentilly neighborhood of New Orleans.
Now, residents and visitors alike can view six museum-quality exhibit panels housed in a 100-foot walkway. The text and forty photographs tell the story and bust the myths still encircling the 2005 flooding during Katrina.
The six panels are about ALL the levee breaches, ALL the neighborhoods, ALL the lives..
The Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden are located at the east breach site of the London Avenue Canal. Water from the breach had actually pushed the home that once stood there, foundation and all, into the street
Levees.org leases the lot from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) in an annual renewable lease for $250 a year.
“Through the NORA’s Land Stewardship program we have been proud to develop creative projects for alternative land use,” said Jeff Hebert, Executive Director. “But this is possibly the most important use of land left vacant after Katrina, honoring lives lost, property damaged, and the resilience of people that drives our city’s recovery.”
Much of the information in the exhibit is new and referenced from a 2015 scientific paper in Water Policy, the official journal of the World Water Council.
The exhibit hall and garden is free, open to everyone and expected to be permanent.
The rain garden uses native plants which helps manage stormwater onsite and reduce the load on the municipal drainage system.
For more about the Levee Exhibit Hall and Rain Garden, see this story by Katy Reckdahl with the New Orleans Advocate.
Thank you all for the amazing work you do. Exposing the truth and educating the world is such a noble cause and purpose in life.
Thanks Paul, but we did it together. I’ve lost count of the times you chimed in to support our campaigns.
are you sure you are not a native new Orleanian??? You and your groups have done so much for all of us here in the greater New Orleans area. I grew up not far from the London Ave. canal and my mother was still in the area when Katrina struck. I am also a tour guide so thank you so much for giving us another way to explain to our groups exactly what happened and why. May God bless you, your husband and all the others involve in Levee.org and the St. Bernard project.
Thank you for the kind words and please forgive for this late reply to your very nice comment! In answer to your question, I have lived in New Orleans since 1979!
We who went through it think of it as big as D-Day. ~ LEJ.org