Katrina marker commemorates flooding

Lower Ninth Ward resident Burnell Cotlon touches a historic marker during an unveiling event at Jourdan Avenue and North Johnson Street, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in New Orleans. The marker tells the story of the area flooding during Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans nearly a decade ago. (Eliot Kamenitz/The Advocate via AP) MAGS OUT; INTERNET OUT; NO SALES; TV OUT; NO FORNS; LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC. OUT (INCLUDING GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT, 225, 10/12, INREGISTER, LBI CUSTOM); MANDATORY CREDIT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The catastrophic flooding of New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward now has a commemorative marker at the site where a floodwall protecting the neighborhood collapsed, unleashing a wall of water 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina.

The plaque was erected and unveiled Monday at an evening ceremony.

On Aug. 29, 2005, the floodwall along the Industrial Canal catastrophically failed. The resulting flood wiped out the African-American neighborhood and killed scores of people. The marker is located directly in front of where the floodwall collapsed.

Before Katrina, the Lower 9th Ward was a working-class and predominantly African-American neighborhood just outside the city’s historic center.

The neighborhood is the birthplace and home to notable artists and musicians. New Orleans legend Fats Domino lived there before Katrina.

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