Susan Maclay, president of the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West, explains on Friday, May 13, 2011 why they were opening a previously existing gate, which was in the past used to pump water out of the space between the old and new levee, and allowed water to flow into the area between the old levee at Algiers Point and the new levee at Algiers Point near the ferry landing to equalize pressure on the Algiers Point levee. The area flooded was occupied by a tenant who leased the space and ran a riverfront folklife village out of it and also contained a vacant parking lot for the former Algiers Landing Restaurant which was torn down years before. The area traditionally floods on its own in periods of high rain.
Shouldn't that be, "..the area typically floods on its own.."? Tradition suggests that the flooding is some sort of social ritual passed down to the area by its forebearers. Now I've heard tell of long-standing social rituals performed by humans in that particular location over the years to which I suppose we could apply the term tradition. But that's another story altogether.