Why List New Orleans Levee Breaches on National Register? Here's Why...
The breaches also prompted nearly a dozen important national policy changes to make life safer for most Americans.
Those changes include the first ever nationwide Levee Safety Program and the first ever nationwide Levee Data Base (NLD).
This is why Levees.org has undertaken the years-long process of listing the breach sites to the National Register of Historic Places.
The national impacts of the horrific breaches is important since fifty-five percent (55%) of the U.S. population lives in counties protected by levees. This represents about 157 million people.
Levees.org discovered this important information in a request to FEMA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The New Orleans Ladder has commissioned disaster geographer Ezra Boyd to create an interactive map using this levee data. By clicking on the icon below, you can access this free interactive map which provides details about every levee in America.
Click here to access the interactive map.
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Aug. 25, 2011