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Nicole Hobson-Morris Executive Director Louisiana State Office of Historic Preservation 1051 North Third Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 November 11, 2011 Dear Ms. Hobson-Morris, As President of the Vista Park Neighborhood Association, it is my pleasure to support the nomination of the New Orleans Levee Breach Sites at the 17th Street and Industrial Canal for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. I bore witness to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the devastating impact the levees failures had on the neighborhoods and the city. I can testify to the still unfinished efforts to recuperate from that fateful day the levees failed. Listing these two levee breach sites would be an important avenue for the impacted residents to preserve and remember their history. These sites of civil engineering failure also serve as a warning to the nation to ensure levee systems are designed, built and maintained properly. Major policy changes regarding levees and floodwalls have been implemented not only in Louisiana, but throughout the nation. After Katrina and the levee failures, Corps of Engineers officials rewrote the standards for building earthen levees, including the materials to be used, floodwalls and other structures, with the design revisions now being used in new levees nationwide. The nominated breach sites as well as over 50 others that day have also resulted in the passage of the first ever National Levee Safety Act which called for a nationwide levee inventory and the establishment of a levee safety program to make sure levees protect the citizens they are supposed to protect. If you have any questions regarding this letter, you are welcome to contact me at your convenience. Yours truly, Angele Givens President Vista Park Neighborhood Association