August 30, 2012 – Isaac Drenches Gulf Coast: Isaac dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of the Gulf Coast Wednesday, leaving some residents stranded and hundreds of thousands of homes without power. Pictured above, people walk in the storm surge from Isaac as the hurricane approached landfall in New Orleans on Tuesday.
A storm surge overtopped a levee in Plaquemines Parish, a rural area southwest of New Orleans with about 25,000 residents, which bore the brunt of Isaac’s fury. The surge filled up a neighborhood with as much as 12 feet of water. More than 100 people had to be rescued, some of whom had been stranded in their attics or on their roofs.
Late Wednesday, authorities were working to evacuate as many as 3,000 residents in Louisiana’s St. John the Baptist Parish after flooding triggered by a storm surge in Lake Ponchartrain and Lake Maurepas. Roughly 1,500 residents had been evacuated as of Wednesday night from the parish west of New Orleans, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office. Pictured above, Chuck Cropp, center, his son Piers, left, and wife, Liz, right, wade along a New Orleans street.
However, the strongest part of the storm largely bypassed New Orleans, which was devastated precisely seven years ago by Hurricane Katrina. Follow the link below for the complete story.
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