Isaac waters top Louisiana levee, homes flooded
NEW YORK -The Associated Press
A storm surge causes tides to rise and rough waves in Lake Pontchartrain as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall along the Gulf Coast and now threatens New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana. EPA photoAuthorities say storm surge driven by Hurricane Isaac is spilling over a levee in a thinly populated part of mostly rural Louisiana, south of New Orleans.
Plaquemines Parish spokesman Caitlin Campbell said water was running over a 29-kilometer stretch of the levee earlier today and some homes had been flooded.
Sheriff’s deputies were going house-to-house looking for residents who’d remained after an evacuation order.
Campbell said streets in the area were still passable.
Parish President Billy Nungesser said a portion of the roof of his home on the parish’s west bank had blown off. He describes wind-driven rain coming into his home as "like standing in a light socket with a fire hose turned on."