N.O. City Council Approves Quest to List Breach Sites to National Register

Members of the Gentilly community install a historic Plaque at the London Avenue Canal breach site. Photo/Hubie Vigreux

The New Orleans City Council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Levees.org to list the New Orleans breach sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sponsored by Susan Guidry (District A) and co-sponsored by Jon Johnson (District E) the resolution supports Levees.org’s quest to list the 17th Street Canal and the Industrial Canal breach sites to the prestigious Register.

The nomination explains how the breaches had direct nationwide implications for the 55% of the American population who live in counties protected by levees.

After the horrific levee breach disaster, Congress passed the first ever National Levee Safety Act, ordered the first ever levee inventory, and created uniform inspection guidelines to “ensure that levee systems around the nation provide the protection they should.”

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