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September 30, 2005

Hurricane Damaged Six Flags Park To Remain Closed

New Orleans -- Severe damage to Six Flags New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina will likely prevent the theme park from reopening next year.

According to Six Flags, the property has not fully drained and some of the park's rides and attractions were submerged in as much as 12 feet of water after the levees broke.

"We don't know the state of the park and likely won't know for some time," said Six Flags spokeswoman Debbie Nauser.

Nauser added, Six Flags plans to rebuild the park.

Six Flags has a 75-year lease with the city of New Orleans. The lease with the city's Industrial Development Board requires Six Flags to rebuild the park in the event of damage.

Formerly named Jazzland, the park was acquired by Six Flags in 2002 when the former owners filed for bankruptcy protection. With new owners and the Six Flags brand the New Orleans park has continued to struggle.

Six Flags New Orleans is located 12 miles northeast of central New Orleans.

Related, see Six Flags New Orleans.

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