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26 April 2008 Coleen Perilloux Landry

Displaced When She Was a Little Girl by the Bonnet Carre' Spillway

Bonnet Carre' Spillway at Flood Stage

She was a little girl (Audrey Kugler) when the federal government expropriated the land where she was born. Hermitage Plantation, the big house, the smaller houses, the barns etc. were all destroyed to build the Spillway. Her father gave up sugar cane farming and they moved to another part of the state where he began strawberry farming, a totally different kind of agriculture.
She visited the Spillway this day with me and furnished me with much history for which I am very grateful.
Several hundred people gave up their homes, their livelihood and their friends when the Corps of Engineers built the Spillway in 1929-1931 in order to keep the City of New Orleans from flooding during the River's rise.

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Clifford 01-May-2008 03:04
Coleen, were the land owners compensated well for their plantations, or did
the Corp just take them like the Government does now?
JW30-Apr-2008 06:38
That must be a strange trauma to carry through your life, but a noble sacrifice too!
Guest 30-Apr-2008 01:59
wonderful portrait in an appropriate setting
very well done Coleen
s_barbour30-Apr-2008 01:47
What a wonderful opportunity for you to have met and spoke with this lovely woman.
J. Scott Coile30-Apr-2008 01:27
Excellent photojournalistic piece Coleen! Bravo.
Guest 30-Apr-2008 01:24
How fitting, leave it to the Corps to "protect" us.