Flooding, tornadoes still a concern as Isaac heads toward Arkansas

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, August 30, 2012

Even though Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center warns there are still life-threatening hazards from the storm surge, including inland flooding and tornadoes.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, OOIDA Life Member George Curtis, who lives two blocks from Lake Pontchartrain, told “Land Line Now” that although he is still without power, his house was not damaged by high winds or flooding.

“The rain has stopped and there are a few trees down in my area,” Curtis said.

He said he’s lucky that waters didn’t top the levee on the eastern shore of Lake Pontchartrain where he lives.

“The levees they’ve built over the past few years stopped that water from coming over here,” Curtis said. “We just need to get our power back.”

Curtis is among the more than 500,000 residents along the Gulf Coast still without power on Thursday. He said power has been restored about three blocks from where he lives.

On Thursday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported that more than 6,760 National Guard personnel were assisting in relief efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. U.S. President Barack Obama signed major disaster declarations for the states of Mississippi and Louisiana.

As of press time, Interstate 10 was still closed in both directions because of flooding. New Orleans and Baton Rouge airports and all roads inbound into Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans, were closed and Amtrak service into Louisiana has been suspended.

Evacuation orders have been issued for approximately 60,000 residents living along the Tangipahoa River as officials continue to keep an eye on the Tangipahoa Dam, which is in danger of giving out because of heavy rains. 

The transportation agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi continue to update motorists on road and bridge conditions throughout the states.

Reed Black, Land Line Now staff reporter, contributed to this story.

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