New Levee Education Park To Examine Katrina Flooding

NEW ORLEANS – in partnership with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA), the Growing Green program, Parkway Partners and others will host a ribbon cutting for a levee exhibit hall and rain garden at the east breach site of the London Avenue Canal on Saturday, July 11, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., at 5000 Warrington Dr. in the Filmore Gardens neighborhood of New Orleans.

         For the first time, residents and visitors to the city can view six 8’ x 3’ exhibit boards housed in a 100-foot covered walkway. The text and forty large photographs tell the story and bust the myths of the flooding during Katrina.

         "Through the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority's Land Stewardship program we have been proud to develop creative projects for alternative land use," said Jeff Hebert, NORA's 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."

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         Organizers said the exhibit hall will be a memorial to the trauma of Hurricane Katrina flooding, a commemoration of a pivotal moment in American history and a symbol of the residents’ resilience and determination to return home.

         Much of the information in the exhibit is new and referenced from a scientific paper due out next month 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.

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         The garden uses native plants, which helps manage storm water onsite and reduce the load on the municipal drainage system.

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