Posted: Aug 4, 2010 12:31 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans organization has launced an
effort to have two spots where levees failed during Hurricane
Katrina placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Levees.org announced the effort at a news conference Wednesday
in the Lower 9th Ward, where many of Katrina's more than 1,600
fatalities occurred in the catastrophic flooding almost five years
Another proposed site is at the 17th Street Canal, where a
breach unleashed similar flooding in the Lakeview neighborhood
The historic designation is no sure thing. Levees.org will have
to complete extensive documentation and win a recommendation from
state historic preservation officials; then it would be up to
National Park Service officials to decide. The process could take
months or longer.