Isaac waters top Louisiana levee,homes flooded

Parish President says 'portion of the roof of his home on the parish's west bank had blown off'.

Written by Agencies | New Orleans | Published: August 29, 2012 4:20:23 pm

Authorities 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 an 18-mile (29-kilometer) stretch of the levee early Wednesday 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.”

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