NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The catastrophic flooding of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward now has a commemorative marker at the site where a floodwall protecting the neighborhood collapsed, unleashing a wall of water 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina.
The plaque was erected Monday and unveiled during an emotional ceremony. Dozens of residents from the Lower 9th Ward came out for the unveiling of the bright green commemorative marker, which is located on a grassy city-owned levee slope on Jourdan Road.
On August 29, 2005, the floodwall along the Industrial Canal catastrophically failed. The resulting flood wiped out the African-American neighborhood and killed scores of people.
The marker is located at the approximate location where the floodwall along the Industrial Canal broke at 7:45 a.m., the Monday morning when Katrina swept in to Louisiana.
The ceremony was headlined with musician Al Johnson, who appeared wearing a gold crown. He lived on Tennessee Street, near the breach, when Katrina hit. He played a new hit song he’s written about the storm called “The Lower 9th Ward Blues.”
Others recited poetry, sang gospel songs or gave personal testimonies, and residents welcomed the new marker with open arms.
“It gives the general public a chance to pass through here and see where the hole in our life is at,” said Ronald Lewis, director of the local House of Dance and Feathers, a Mardi Gras Indian museum, social and pleasure club and cultural center destroyed by Katrina.
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