Katrina Historic Levee Breaches

NEW ORLEANS -- An advocacy group is bypassing the Army Corps of Engineers and going straight to the National Parks Service in a quest to have two spots where levees failed during Hurricane Katrina added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

Levees.org has worked since 2010 to gain the designation for the sites where breaches caused catastrophic floods.

Although a Park Service official has the final say, the corps gets to weigh in because it owns one site. But the corps said its comments may not come until the end of May as it consults with Justice Department lawyers.

Levees.org said Wednesday it won't wait any longer. Both sites are the subject of litigation over whether the corps, which built the levees, is liable for flood damage.

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