New Orleans City Park (Images of America)

2005 - Flooding After the Levees Broke


Flooding in the garden by as much as three feet for up to two weeks killed the plants there. 1,000 trees died in the flood-waters – over 1,000 more were toppled or extensively damaged by wind. The loss of electrical power to run air-conditioning and automatic watering systems resulted in the loss of orchids, stag-horn ferns, bromeliads, and other plants in the hothouses and Conservatory. Saltwater made its way from Lake Pontchartrain to kill most of the grass, tender vegetation, and many large magnolia trees. Archives were lost, records soaked, and computers ruined in the Administration Building which sat in four feet of water. (FEMA

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~The Bayou, Road, Oaks, and Native Americans: 1400-1769~
~Plantation to Peristyle: 1770-1907~
~Expansion and Modernization: 1908-1928~
~The New Deal: 1929-1939~
~Children & Friends: 1940-2004~
~Rebirth: 2005-2010~
~The People Behind the Names: Donors, Benefactors, and Patrons~
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The images in this book appear courtesy of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL), Louisiana Digital Library (LDL), the Library of Congress (LOC), The Historic New Orleans Collection (HNOC), Pictometry International (PI), and D.C. "Infrogmation" May (DCM). Unless otherwise noted, images are from the author's collection.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is dedicated to Friends of City Park.

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