Katrina levee breaches could become landmarks

March 16, 2012 - 4:25 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The head of the Army Corps of Engineers says a panel of historians will study whether two of the main levee breaches that led to the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina should become national historic landmarks.

In a letter to state officials released Friday, the Army's assistant secretary of civil works said corps historians would take a look at a proposal to get the 17th Street Canal and Lower 9th Ward breaches placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The secretary said she would report on the panel's recommendations by the end of March.

The effort to get the sites on the historic register has been led by Levees.Org, a New Orleans group that formed after Katrina to push for change at the corps.