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Group hopes to turn blighted Gentilly home into small Hurricane Katrina museum

The project will show what a flooded house looked like after Katrina

Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal found and purchased a Gentilly ranch home that was flooded to its rafters after Hurricane Katrina, and she hopes to turn it into a museum of sorts highlighting the storm’s damage, according to The Advocate.

The plan for the house, which is near where the London Avenue Canal levee breached in Gentilly, is to repair the exterior and, with the help of artists, alter the living room to show what it looked like right after the floodwaters were pumped out—complete with artificial mold and mud.

The project will be under the umbrella of Rosenthal’s new version of her group, Levees.org II. Levees.org has already erected a historic marker and an outdoor museum nearby.

The City Planning Commission today is scheduled to vote on the plan, and then it will need to go to City Council. The plan is to complete the project by the end of this year’s hurricane season (Nov. 30). At first, visitors will view the recreated living room through the home’s front window, but the group might hold future exhibits inside the building.