A pair of levee breeches along the Canal during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 flooded a good portion of the city. The upper breech was just in from Robert E. Lee Boulevard; the lower breech was a block out from Mirabeau Avenue.
View of the Canal from the Mirabeau Bridge looking River wards; skyscrapers of New Orleans Central Business District visible in distance.
London Avenue Canal; view from Robert E. Lee Bridge looking riverwards, 19 October, 2005. Intact concrete flood wall atop levee visible at right. At left, the incompletely repaired upper breech visible.
Intact exterior levee topped by floodwall.
Section of intact interior wall, near Mirabeau Avenue
Houses on Pratt, with their back yards abutting the breech of the London Avenue Canal. Note silt deposited by breech.
House carport on Pratt near the breech
Houses on Pratt with silt and still flowing water, 5 November; breech fill visible in background
View of houses whose backyards abutted the canal from atop the temporary breech fill
House on Pratt near the breech with flood damage and silt deposits
Downtown river corner of Charlotte & Robert E. Lee, slightly over a block from the breech. Formerly flooded house with ruined possesessions piled out front flys USA flag. High water level still clearly visible on the stop sign.
Garage with graffitti "Make Levees, Not War" on flooded house some 1 & 1/2 blocks from London Avenue Canal breech. Note high water lines.
Flooded home just off Canal levee a ways from the breech. Note high water line just below roof, and darker line of long standing water midway up side of house.