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A 'historic' debate on Katrina levee breach sites

The federal agency that built floodwalls that failed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 now is being asked to approve a move placing two breach sites on the National Register of Historic Places. The federal agency that built floodwalls that failed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 now is being asked to approve a move placing two breach sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

(AP) - The federal agency that built floodwalls that failed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 now is being asked to approve a move placing two breach sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

It's a sensitive issue for the Army Corps of Engineers.

Nobody denies the flooding after levees failed during Katrina caused death and destruction on a historic scale. But a grass roots group's application to have the sites placed on the register raises issues of responsibility for the disaster that are still being hashed out in court.

But the major concern, a corps spokesman says, is whether the historic designation would trigger restrictions hampering future levee improvements.

The corps won't have the final say in the matter. That decision is up to the National Park Service.

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