Wednesday, August 29, 2012
HURRICANE ISAAC PONDS LOUISIANA
Stranded: The Lewis family stands on the front porch as flood waters surround their home on St. Roch Avenue in New Orleans
Search: Officer Ted Johnson inspects a road along Mobile Bay as waves crash over the sea wall from Hurricane Isaac's storm surge in Mobile, Alabama
Relief: Carlo Maltese and his dog Pin ride in a boat after being rescued from his flooded home in Braithwaite. Police in the area received 150 calls for help
Submerged: Boats are battered in the harbor as slow-moving Hurricane Isaac passes through Pass Christian, Mississippi on Wednesday
Chaos: A street sign is turned upside down likely resulting from bricks falling overnight from a building along the deserted streets of New Orleans
Over: An uprooted and fallen tree is positioned in front of a house in New Orleans as Isaac battered the city and surrounding region, flooding homes
Demolition: A tree leans against a house after Isaac pummeled New Orleans on Wednesday
Dash: A pedestrian runs through the rain across an empty road in new Orleans. Some areas can expect as many as 24 inches of rain, forecasters said
Isaac was the first test for multibillion-dollar flood defenses built after levees failed under Katrina's storm surge, leaving large parts of New Orleans swamped, killing 1,800 people and displacing nearly a million more in the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
On Wednesday afternoon, officials in New Orleans said they are imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew as Hurricane Isaac continue lashed the city. The curfew was set to start Wednesday night and would last until further notice.
Yet earlier this week, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials assured residents that the updated levees around the city are equipped to handle storms stronger than Isaac. Levee failures led to the catastrophic flooding in the area after Katrina.
'It's a much more robust system than what it was when Katrina came ashore,' said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu told local radio on Monday: 'All of the levees are holding and are very strong. There are no risks. It is holding exactly as we expected it to and is performing exactly as it should. There are no people on rooftops from flooding that even approximates what happened during Katrina.'
But Plaquemines Parish was outside the city limits that benefited from the beefing up of New Orleans' flood defenses.
Battle: A research student from the the University of Alabama measures wind speeds as Hurricane Isaac rattled New Orleans on Wednesday
In the midst: Rain from Hurricane Isaac falls over deserted Bourbon Street in New Orleans on Wednesday as the storm moves further north
Hitting hard: A parking attendant booth is overturned on Poydras St. downtown after Hurricane Isaac made landfall in New Orleans on Wednesday
Patrol: National Guardsman watch over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans as a man struggles with his rain cover in the same street
Stocking up:People stand in line for supplies on Elysian Fields Ave in New Orleans
Down: An uprooted tree lies across Poydras Street. Isaac was packing 80 mph winds, making it a Category 1 hurricane when it hit the coast on Tuesday
Staying strong: Henry Tabbe checks out the damage in his neighborhood as Hurricane Isaac pushes into the New Orleans metro area on Wednesday
Shelter: Waveland public works employee Darryl Antoine looks over his cousin's house near the beach in Waveland, Mississippi as rain floods the street
Swamped: Dana's Seafood and nearby homes are flooded from storm surge in Bayou La Batre, Alabama
Keeping busy: New Orleans resident Patrick O'Cain rakes fallen leaves and branches in the light rain
Fighting the storm: A couple watches as waves break along the beach in Gulfport, Mississippi as Isaac approaches
Warning: Waves from Hurricane Isaac smash against a warning sign at a flooded beach in Biloxi, Mississippi
Prepared: Utility trucks are staged in a parking lot ready to respond in Mobile on Wednesday
Crossing: People make their way across Canal Street on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Prepared: A Louisiana National Guard humvee drives down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter as Hurricane Isaac approaches New Orleans, Louisiana, August 28, 2012
Standing watch: Police stand at a French Quarter intersection in New Orleans on Wednesday. More than 4,000 National Guardsmen have been deployed to the area
Stock Up: Brigette Mooney shops for two-for-one frozen items at Seal's Marketplace on August 28, 2012 in Kiln, Mississippi. Store owner Michael Seal said he put all his frozen items on sale, both for the benefit of his local clients and also to reduce his stock ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Isaac to the Gulf Coast area and possible power outages
Hope: A board covering a store window in the French Quarter asks shoppers to return again after Wednesday - the day Isaac is expected to hit the city