Friday, June 12, 2009

Fort Pike Reopens....Again

After nearly being closed due to damage sustained from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Fort Pike reopened today.

The Fort reopened 2 1/2 years after Katrina but was completely closed after the two 2008 storms battered the 182 year old Fort.

From the article in the TP:
The historic site which sits on New Orleans' eastern shore near the Rigolets had been closed for more than two years after storm surge from Hurricane Katrina submerged the 14-foot-high structure and left significant structural damage to the site, which has already fallen into disrepair due to decades of neglect.

Marsh grass and other debris that inundated the area after Gustav reached more than five feet high inside the fort's gun emplacements, said Joseph Yarbrough, president of the Fort Pike Foundation.

"It kind of devastated us a little bit to have a setback like that," Yarbrough said Friday.

It was the most recent of several hits, which resulted in Fort Pike being listed in 2007 as among the 10 most endangered battlefields in the United States. The list was compiled by the Civil War Preservation Trust, a nonprofit group in Washington, DC.

Looking forward to visiting the old Fort again. It's a great piece of history.

No comments: