New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
The Historic Lower Ninth Ward / Industrial Canal Flood Wall
On August 29, 2005, at about 7:45a.m., the Industrial Canal flood wall broke with an explosive sound, heard by many residents near North Johnson Street and Jourdan Avenue. At that time, the Lower Ninth Ward was home to some 3400 families, over 50% homeowners. Isolated by man-made structures and water, this proud neighborhood had long been a place where people of color could thrive economically by transferring home home ownership from one generation to the next.Over the next decade many struggled to rebuild often with the help of volunteers.
Industrial Canal Flood Wall
The breach of the Industrial Canal and others during Hurricane Katrina created a pivotal moment in American history when flood walls designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed. The flooding from the breach here killed hundreds, destroyed homes, toppled trees and forever altered the fabric of the historic Lower Ninth Ward. The disaster forced the Army Corps to issue new guidelines in levee building, which improved safety for residents all across the country.
Location. 29° 58.35′ N, 90° 1.329′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70117, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil Rights Pioneers / History (approx. one mile away); Ninth Ward WWI Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Olivier Plantation House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Saint Maurice Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Vincent De Paul Church (approx. 1½ miles away); Plessy v. Ferguson (approx. 1.7 miles away); Verret Plantation (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Ward Justice Courthouse and Jail (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Categories. • African Americans • Disasters • Settlements & Settlers • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2017, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 109 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 17, 2017.