City Council approves flooded house museum
The New Orleans City Council voted unanimously in favor of Levees.org’s zoning change request to convert a levee breach-flooded house into a historic monument on the morning of Oct. 20.
During Hurricane Katrina, the house at 4918 Warrington Drive in the Mirabeau Gardens neighborhood of Gentilly flooded to its roofline when the London Avenue Canal floodwall burst.
The nonprofit group – dedicated to education about the flooding of New Orleans in August of 2005 – will preserve the house’s exterior as it looked after the city was dewatered.
According to Levees.org, the goal for the interior is to harness the creativity of artists and craftsmen and create a replica of how a flooded living room looked six weeks after the breach. It will include mud-covered toppled furniture and “mold” growing up the walls. The replica will be visible through the front windows.
A new organization called Levees.org II will maintain the property and will also have 501©3 tax status allowing the group to apply for grants.
“The levee breaches in New Orleans was not a shining moment for American civil engineering,” says Sandy Rosenthal, the founder of Levees.org, in a statement to the press. “Nonetheless, the breach event was a pivotal moment in history because Congress ordered changes to national policy making everyone safer.”
Levees.org says that anyone wanting to participate in designing and/or creating the flooded room replica should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ribbon cutting is planned for March of 2017.
This article originally stated the City Council approved Levees.org’s zoning change request on the morning of Oct. 28.