Carol’s mother lived in the Lakeview neighborhood badly affected by the breach of the 17th Street Canal. I was struck by the final sentence of her note:
So much of the country has suffered devastation by disasters and know how it feels to lose not only a home, but family, neighborhoods and life as we knew it. I wonder how much worse they would feel if they lost their homes by an error from the government they trusted and it could have been prevented.
My mother lived in Lakeview 50 years. She had some dementia. After the levee breach, she never spoke again.
Making sure history is preserved and the facts are recorded properly is why Levees.org is nominating the 17th Street Canal breach site and others to the National Register of Historic Places.