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September 1st, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Isaac's surge still danger for Louisiana

Parts of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana are still under water tonight three days after Hurricane Issac hit the state.

The Braithwaite levees in the parish were built to withstand tidal waters, not storm surge, and that means there is no where for the floodwater to drain out to relieve the area. Parish President Billy Nungesser said parish officials would check the back levee, which is a second line of defense, and determine where to punch holes, which would allow the flood waters to be able to flow out of the residential area and into the marshland.

Today in a news conference on CNN affiliate WWL, Nungesser said, "We will cut the levee in as many as ten spots on each side to get water out as quickly as possible." He added, "We'll have to do that for several days, it may take as long as a week to get the majority of that water off the highway."

CNN's Brian Todd report on a couple that perished during the storm, and gives an update on the flooding situation in Plaquemines Parish and Isaac's aftermath.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Bev

    Hi Anderson,
    Thank you for having the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, no #AC360. That is awful how the flooding is, in New Orleans, and nearby states. That would be so devastating to have that happen.
    Bev F.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  2. petpost

    It is so sad news.I think government should take proper step to remove this water.This areas people are bearing sad and pathetic day.As son as possible these water should remove.

    the pet post

    September 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm |