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House replica of floods damaged house after Katrina

NEW ORLEANS – A partially restored house in the neighborhood of a New Orleans floodwall that failed 13 years ago, will soon look like a hurricane hit. Again.

A non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the catastrophic levee failures during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 gave the media a sneak peek of the project Wednesday.

The home near the London Avenue Canal in the hard-hit Gentilly area was under water almost to the roof line.

Employees later gutted the house and the group Levees.org it has bought.

Now, two rooms have been restored to look as an typical area at home on the day before the storm. After Labor Day, crews using theatrical set of techniques that rooms look as if they would have given to a family to return weeks after the disaster.

A ribbon-cutting is planned for November.

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