Old Katrina-damaged jail reopens in St. Bernard

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Associated Press

Posted on December 24, 2012 at 3:36 AM

ARABI, La. (AP) — A building that once served as a courthouse and jail in St. Bernard Parish has reopened more than seven years after it was wrecked by Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/YtN9ax ) that the reopening the past week of the Old Arabi Jail paves the way for its possible conversion into a sugar museum and general meeting space.

A parish official says the project will be funded by a $60,000 tourism grant.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency fully funded the $460,000 renovation of the old jail, which needed a new roof, ceiling and electrical system.

The 100-year-old building was a courthouse and jail from 1923 to 1939 and mainly served as a meeting space before Katrina.

Katrina struck in August 2005. Its floodwaters damaged almost every structure in St. Bernard.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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