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Fifth Lousiana Levee District

Fifth Lousiana Levee District
Item# 2698


Fifth Lousiana Levee District
The Fifth Levee District includes the parishes of Concordia, Tensas, Madison and East Carroll. The district has 355 miles of levees running from the Arkansas state line in East Carroll Parish south to the edge of West Feliciana Parish, comprising more acres of levees than any other district in the state.

The formal levee system in New Orleans dates to about 1890, when the Orleans Levee District was created. Levees may resemble earthen dams, but are not as strong. Unlike dams, which are considered "permanent" structures, many levees are engineered to withstand strong flood pressure for only a few days at a time, said Mr. Rogers. That could call into question the durability of the levee running the full length of the northern edge of New Orleans, where the waters of Lake Pontchartrain are lapping near the top.

Levees built by the federal Army Corps of Engineers, which took on a major flood-control role after the 1927 deluge, are typically engineered to high standards and are quite strong. Most levees along the main Mississippi River channel are federally constructed. But in some areas, including around Lake Pontchartrain, some levees were built privately or by local governments and may not have the same degree of engineering.

Certificate: Levee Bond, issued in the early 1900s

Printer: American Bank Note Company

Dimensions: 13 (h) x 8 1/2 (w)

State: LA-Louisiana

Subject Matter: Government Bonds

Vignette Topic(s): Allegorical Featured

Condition: Horizontal fold lines, punch hole cancels in the signature areas and body, toning and edge faults from age. 15+ coupons remain attached at top margin.

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