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NEW ORLEANS -- The National Parks Service has asked the Army to weigh in on whether two sites where levees failed during Hurricane Katrina should be added to the National Registry of Historic Places.

An advocacy group, Levees.Org, has been working since 2010 to get the historic designation for the breach sites in New Orleans. The Army Corps of Engineers has jurisdiction over one site and therefore gets to submit its opinion on whether the sites qualify for the register.

But last month, an assistant secretary of the Army declined to offer an immediate opinion, saying the issues involved require consultation with federal government lawyers because they figure into lawsuits filed over the 2005 flooding.

Now, the Parks Service has given the Army 15 days to submit an opinion.


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