Katrina damaged house to become historic monument

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — The group Levees.org announced on Thursday (Oct. 20) that it has received support needed from the New Orleans City Council to create a Katrina monument in Gentilly.

leveesAccording to the group, the monument will be in the 4900 block of Warrington Drive in the Mirabeau Gardens neighborhood.

The monument will actually be a house that was flooded to its roof after Hurricane Katrina breached the nearby floodwall on the London Avenue Canal.

As part of the monument, the exterior of the home will be preserved to show how it looked after the storm.  Levees.org plans to create a display inside the home that shows how it would have looked six weeks after the storm.  The group wants to replicate the mud-covered, toppled furniture and the mold that was found growing on walls in virtually thousands of Katrina-damaged houses after the storm.

The group hopes to get help from artists and craftsmen to replicate the storm damage.

Creating the monument required the council’s approval of a zoning change for the lot.  The Levees.org group is dedicated to educating the public about the impacts of the storm.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to email the founder of Levees.org, Sandy Rosenthal, at sandy@levees.org.

The ribbon cutting for the monument is planned for March of next year.