The 17th St. Canal Plaque

By: Patrap , 2:21 AM GMT on August 17, 2010




by Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Updated yesterday at 6:02 PM



Under the relentless sun, Roy Arrigo worked with several others to lay the foundation for a new chapter in an often-told story.

Like thousands of others in the city, Arrigo's Lakeview home suffered major damage during the breach at 17th Street Canal on August 29, 2005.

"We had seven feet in the house and, being so close to the breach, we had water in the house for over a month," he said.

Five years later, part of that communal story will be told in brown and white, on a state-approved historical plaque. The non-profit organization Levees.org paid nearly $2,000 to get one.

"We feel it's a bit of a travesty that citizens and people from America come to New Orleans, wanting to know what happened, wanting to find out what happened. They drive down here and there's really nothing other than bareness. There's no information for them," said Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal.

While the new plaque still sits in its box, it will be officially unveiled on Monday, at the corner of Bellaire Drive and Stafford Place-- right where the floodwall gave way.

The plaque reads, in part: "On August 29th, 2005, a federal floodwall atop a levee on the 17th Street Canal... gave way here causing flooding that killed hundreds. This breach was one of 50 ruptures in the Federal Flood Protection System that occurred that day."

"The text for the plaque was approved by the state historic preservation office. Every syllable had to be documented. We had to prove everything," Rosenthal said. "This is not an opinion. This is fact."

The group also needed permission from several city and federal agencies to get the plaque placed where it needed to be.

"We had to get permission from Parks and Parkways. We had to go through Sewerage and Water Board. We had to go through the traffic division," Rosenthal said. "We even had to get permission from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, because they bought all the property directly behind the spot. And they were cooperative and they did grant us approval to do that."

It took years to get to this point. In the meantime, Levees.org put up a temporary plaque, with similar text, on private property nearby. The private property belongs to Roy Arrigo, who sees tour buses and visitors stop by the site on a daily basis.

"I think that it's a very important message to get out there and to correct," Arrigo said. "I travel with my job and I know a lot of the country has a lot of misconceptions about what happened here."

Rosenthal said there are plans to eventually have similar historic plaques placed at breach sites across the city and in St. Bernard Parish. For more information on how communities and neighborhoods can get involved, go to Levees.org



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31. Patrap
8:51 PM GMT on August 21, 2010
Music calms the tropical worry warts in the main.


Well,sum of dem.

Thanks fer dropping in too.





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30. SmilingSun
4:17 PM GMT on August 21, 2010
I saw angel dance and thought it sounded pretty and then saw it was Robert
plant and now that is good becuase I have always been his fan and there are more songs
so I guess I will be hanging out here with your music for a while. Txs.
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29. Patrap
3:58 PM GMT on August 21, 2010
Orca...

yo..
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28. Patrap
3:51 PM GMT on August 21, 2010


"Like A Hurricane"

Once I thought I saw you
in a crowded hazy bar,
Dancing on the light
from star to star.
Far across the moonbeam
I know that's who you are,
I saw your brown eyes
turning once to fire.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

I am just a dreamer,
but you are just a dream,
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

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There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.

You are just a dreamer,
and I am just a dream.
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.

You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away.
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27. Patrap
3:00 PM GMT on August 21, 2010
Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy "Tangerine"

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy (July 30, 2010) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FLa.





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26. Patrap
2:54 PM GMT on August 21, 2010
Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy "Gallows Pole"

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy (July 30, 2010) at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL.


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25. Patrap
6:32 PM GMT on August 20, 2010



So throw it down, Cleveland rain
The queen of love has flown again
To seek her daughter
Who must lie beside the thief
Whose golden tongue she will believe
Defies the order, ohhh
Ohh, that is why
Ohh, that is why
Shall we dance and never stop
Take my hand and stop the clock
From turning over
And spirit weave and spirit bend
In the move that has no end
That we must follow
Ohhhhhhh
Ohh, ohh
Show me your eyes
Oh, light of the son
Touch me with fire
My mind is undone
All life conspire
My freedom has come
I drift through desire
My wonderful one
When you do what you do
I can never, never, never
Let you go
When you feel the way you feel
You can never, never, never
Let it show
Show me your eyes
Oh, light of the son
Touch me with fire
My mind is undone
All life conspire
My freedom has come
I drift through desire
My wonderful one
Oh, hoh-hoh, ah ah-ah,
Mmm oh oh-oh, oh ohhh ohhh hohhh
So throw it down, Cleveland rain
The queen of love has flown again
To seek her daughter
Who must lie beneath the thief
Whose golden tongue she will believe
Defies the order, oh yeah yeah yeah
That is why
That is why
That is why
Oh yeah, that is why
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24. Patrap
6:29 PM GMT on August 20, 2010


Do you remember when we met
That's the day I knew you were my pet
I wanna tell you
How much I love you
Come with me My love To the sea
The sea of love
I wanna tell you
Just how much I love you
Come with me To the sea Of love
Do you remember when we met
Oh that's the day I knew you were my pet
I wanna tell you Oh how much I love you
Come with me To the sea Of love
Come with me My love To the sea
The sea of love
I wanna tell you Just how much I love you
I wanna tell you Oh how much I love you
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19. Patrap
5:17 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
I will pass it along.


Thanks again JF.
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16. Patrap
4:57 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
Thanx JF,,feel free to post it here or send along to "Portlight" in wu-mail.

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14. ColoradoKat
3:49 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
I love Robert Plant..Happy Birthday, RP!!
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13. EmmyRose
2:37 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
Scientists Say Moon is Shrinking
Friday, August 20 2010
Scientists have discovered that the moon is shrinking, but warn there's no reason for concern.

In fact, calculations indicate the moon has shrunk just 328 feet in the past billion years.

It's theorized that the core of the moon is slowly cooling, causing lunar scarps, or cracks, to form on the surface.

Investigators with the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum looked at thousands of pictures taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in compiling their research.

It's all detailed in the August 20th issue of the journal "Science."
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12. Patrap
2:11 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
HIEXPRESS

Oooh,,one of my fav's.

Thanks for that one..

Have a Nice weekend too.
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11. HIEXPRESS
1:55 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
Russia still Burning Down One Side?

Fire down the Boulevard d'Amour,
shot through the neon in the night
Hot foot through alleys check the door ways
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10. Patrap
12:41 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
Well to be sure itsa Good read.

And thankfully we went 40 years between Majors here.
Betsy in 65,K in 05.

Also the Feds whose Levee's failed have been improved greatly,but with much,much more to do.

And Gustav showed the world we Learned our lesson well.

Thanks for stopping in.

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9. Patrap
12:39 PM GMT on August 20, 2010


Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face, stars fill my dreams
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait, all will be revealed

Talk and song from tongues of lilting grace, sounds caress my ears
But not a word I heard could I relay, the story was quite clear
Ohh
(Chorus)

Oh, oh
Oh, oh

Oooh, baby I've been flying...Mama, there ain't no denyin'
Oooh yeah, I've been flying, Mama ain't no denyin', no denyin'

All I see turns to brown, as the sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I scan this wasted land
Tryin' to find....Tryin' to find where I've been.

Oh, pilot of the storm that leaves no trace, like thoughts inside a dream
Heed the path that led me to that place, yellow desert stream
My Shangri-La beneath the summer moon, I will return again
Like the dust that lufts high in June, when moving through Kashmir.


Oh, father of the four winds, fill my sails, across the sea of years
With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fear
Ohh
(Chorus)

When I'm on, when I'm on my way, yeah
When I see, when I see the way they stay, yeah

Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, when I'm down...
Ooh, yeah-yeah, ooh, yeah-yeah, well I'm down, so down
Ooh, my baby, oooh, my baby, let me take you there

Let me take you there
Let me take you there
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8. OGal
12:38 PM GMT on August 20, 2010
Pat just wanted to let you know I am reading a book titled, Reitoun. It is the story of Reituoun and his wife Kathy before and after Katrina. I know how important the 29th is to y'all. I just hope the levees are never tested again. It would not be a pretty picture.
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7. Patrap
9:10 PM GMT on August 18, 2010
Thats great news HIEXPRESS,as many were scattered and some still arent back home.

Im glad you are reunited.

Thanks for the story.
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6. HIEXPRESS
2:32 PM GMT on August 17, 2010
Just heard from a Cousin lost track of for 20+ years. He is well & in Lacomb, LA, & on a tug. He was there for Katrina.
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5. Patrap
1:37 PM GMT on August 17, 2010


Katrina's anniversary draws a presidential visit: An editorial
Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 7:30 AM



No one in greater New Orleans needs to be reminded of the significance of Aug. 29. Five years hasn't begun to dim the hurt associated with the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures.
barack_obama.jpgPablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated PressPresident Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy Wednesday on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Recovery Act.

But the rest of the nation isn't as aware of the moment. So President Obama's plan to be here for the fifth anniversary is important, symbolically and in practical terms. The presence of the president will draw the nation's attention to our ongoing recovery and remind Americans of the lives lost in this tragedy. As he said during a stop here when he was running for president: "The words 'never again' -- spoken so often in those weeks after Katrina -- must not fade to a whisper."
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That is vital not only for this region but for every community that may be dependent on FEMA and other federal agencies during a disaster. The anniversary visit, which will include some of the president's Cabinet members, also is a sign that the administration has not forgotten its commitment to rebuilding the region. "People see progress, but we want to know the government is going to stick around for a while," political strategist and New Orleanian James Carville said. Precisely.

This will be President Obama's first anniversary trip as commander in chief, but he was here the first two Augusts after Katrina. He spoke in August 2006 to graduates at Xavier University, and he will speak at Xavier again on this visit. That will allow the president to see the progress made on a campus that had floodwaters in almost every building five years ago. Enrollment is strong, a new pharmacy wing is set to open, and Princeton Review recently singled out Xavier as one of the best colleges in the region.

"Mr. Obama will get to see firsthand why we are so proud of the progress we have made here at Xavier during the five years since Katrina," Xavier President Norman Francis said. There are similar signs of progress across the city and the metro area. But there are continuing challenges, and it is important for the president and the nation to understand those, too.
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4. Patrap
12:00 PM GMT on August 17, 2010
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3. Patrap
2:38 AM GMT on August 17, 2010
41 years ago Today.

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2. Patrap
2:33 AM GMT on August 17, 2010
Wonderin' - Neil Young and The Shocking Pinks

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1. Patrap
2:27 AM GMT on August 17, 2010
Tears, tears at the water's edge
Hey little sister, there is laughter instead
Tears for the teacher, from the eyes, from the soul
This restless spirit takes a long way back home
Like the wind, you are free
Just a whisper - I hear you, so talk to me

Oh, I believe, eye to eye
Say brother, sisters, see your brothers in the sky
Neighbour, neighbour, don't be so cold
It's only glory from the story I'm told

I believe, eye to eye
Say brothers, sister, see your brothers in the sky
Neighbour, neighbour, don't be so cold
It's so much glory from the story untold

Big fire, on top of the hill
A hopeless gesture, and last farewell
Tears from your mother, from the pits of her soul
Look at your father, see his blood run cold
Like the wind, you are free
Just a whisper - I hear you, so talk to me

I believe, eye to eye
Say brothers, sister, see your brothers in the sky
Neighbour, neighbour, don't be so cold
With so much glory from the story untold

I believe, eye to eye
Say brother, sisters, see your brothers in the sky
Neighbour, neighbour, don't be so cold
It's so much glory from the story untold


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