Garden planned at Katrina levee breach site
NEW ORLEANS - An empty lot in a New Orleans neighborhood still badly blighted after Hurricane Katrina is about to get a face-lift and a new purpose.
The lot in the city's working class Gentilly neighborhood sits directly in front of one of the levee breach sites that led to catastrophic flooding during the 2005 storm. The rush of water at the site knocked one house into the street and inundated the area with roof-high flooding.
The advocacy group Levees.org has leased the lot and plans to establish a memorial park and outdoor exhibit to explain the history of the federal levee system and the decisions that led to its failure.
Neighbors are hoping the garden leads to further revitalization of the re-populating neighborhood, where vacant lots and abandoned houses remain a problem.