Katrina Flood Levees Won't Get Historic Listing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The National Parks Service has rejected a push for historic registry status for parts of the New Orleans levees that breached during Hurricane Katrina.

The advocacy group Levees.Org has been trying for almost two years to get the sites placed on the National Register of Historic Places. They argued that the flooding that resulted from the breaches was the worst civil engineering disaster in the nation's history.

The Army Corps of Engineers was highly critical of the organization's nomination. A letter from the Parks Service is critical of the nomination for various reasons, among them, its reliance on a limited number of studies about the causes of the breaches.

The Parks Service said the nomination can be re-submitted and Levees.Org founder Sandy Rosenthal said Friday the organization will do so.

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