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Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

In this March 15, 2019 image taken from video, a stuffed toy, stained to look as though it was soaked in flood waters, is part of a re-creation of flood damage in a new exhibit in New Orleans by the organization Levees.org. The organization is unveiling the exhibit Saturday, March 23, in a house near the site of one of the floodwall failures that led to inundation of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. (AP Photo/Stacey Plaisance)

NEW ORLEANS — Nearly 14 years after Hurricane Katrina hit, there’s a place in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighbourhood that looks as though the floodwaters only recently receded.

It’s all an illusion, though. Artists working with the non-profit Levees.org have transformed two rooms in a long-empty house by splotching the ceiling and walls with fake mould, carefully re-creating water marks and covering furniture and toys with mucky grey paint.

The Flooded House Museum is a unique monument to what the city went through that will be formally unveiled on Saturday.

It’s also the latest project by Levees.org to call attention to the civil engineering failures that led to catastrophic flooding when Katrina hit.

The finished product, which visitors will be able to view through the front windows of the house, will be a permanent installation.

Kevin McGill And Stacey Plaisance, The Associated Press