Levee Breaches during Katrina

Tour curated by: Levees.org, New Orleans Public Library, Louisiana State Museum, and the University of New Orleans History Department

Both residents and visitors to New Orleans still have the desire to see where the levees failed during Katrina in August 2005. This tour allows one to virtually "visit" three major breach sites and their associated neighborhoods. The sites include the Southeast breach of the Industrial Canal, which flooded the Lower Ninth Ward, the East breach of the London Avenue Canal, which flooded Gentilly, and the 17th Street Canal breach, which flooded Lakeview.

The tour also spotlights the Louisiana State Museum's "Living with Hurricanes" exhibit, which is housed in the Presbytere Building, Jackson Square.

Locations for Tour

"Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond" is a Louisiana State Museum exhibition presenting the history and science of these massive storms –- and their profound impact on our lives. Eyewitness accounts, state-of-the-art multimedia…

Pre-Katrina, the area immediately in front of the east breaches of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (a.k.a. the Industrial Canal) was a dense, thriving neighborhood of primarily African American lower- to middle-class homeowners. Houses in this…

In 1965, Hurricane Betsy demonstrated that a major hurricane could overtop the earthen levees of the London Avenue Canal. So the Army Corps of Engineers recommended two plans -- raising the height of the canal walls using concrete-capped steel sheet…

In 1965, Hurricane Betsy demonstrated that a major hurricane could overtop the earthen levees of the 17th Street Canal. So the Army Corps of Engineers recommended two cost-effective plans which were 1) raising the height of the canal walls or 2)…

In May 2012, Levees.org launched its first Levee Disaster Bike Tour of three major levee breaches in New Orleans’s Main Basin. The 90-minute tour starts at the City Park Boat and Bike Rentals at Big Lake Trail. The tour was organized under the…