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5:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish Flooded By Isaac's Rain

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Let's get one perspective on Hurricane Isaac from Billy Nungesser. He is president of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. If you look at a map of Louisiana, you'll see Plaquemines, that finger of land sticking far out into the Gulf of Mexico, the farthest reach of the Mississippi River Delta. And he's on the line from there.

Mr. Nungesser, welcome to the program.

BILLY NUNGESSER: How are you today?

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Tropical Storm Isaac
5:30 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Torrential Rains Threaten Gulf Coast

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Water has been slopping over at least one levee in Louisiana this morning. The levee is down the Mississippi River from New Orleans, near the place where Hurricane Isaac came ashore. So far, the storm has caused street flooding along much of the Gulf Coast and left hundreds of thousands of people without power. But the full-scale of its effects will depend in part on just how long Isaac sticks around.

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Hurricane Isaac
9:12 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Latest National Hurricane Center Graphics

Tropical Storm Wind Speed Probability map.
National Hurricane Center

The latest graphics issued by the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. Tropical Wind Speed probability, Rainfall Potential, and the Forecast Cone.

Hurricane Isaac
9:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

St. Tammany: Trees down, lake rising

As Hurricane Isaac neared southeast Louisiana, the sewer system in one lakefront community in St. Tammany Parish had to be shut down because floodwaters rose over sewage lift stations.

Officials say they believe most people had left Northshore Beach before Tammany Utilities began shutting down the sewage system there.

As bands of rain began crossing the parish Tuesday, calls to the parish's emergency operations center rose. Most were about downed trees.

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Hurricane Isaac
8:55 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Threat from Isaac closes SLU

Classes and all activities at Southeastern Louisiana University have been canceled through Friday because of the threat from Hurricane Isaac.

The university says classes will resume on Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday.

The Hammond campus and its St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker and nursing school in Baton Rouge will open for staff to return on Friday.

Hurricane Isaac
8:50 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Iberia Parish sets curfew as Isaac nears

The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office has set a curfew for the parish. Residents must be off the streets between the hours of 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Parish officials declared the curfew hours as Hurricane Isaac neared Louisiana's shores.

Hurricane Isaac
8:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Citizens asked to report oily material or oiled debris

It is possible that oil and oily material present in the environment as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill will wash up on beaches, barrier islands, marshes, and other areas along Louisiana's coast during and following severe weather events. Members of the public should not handle any oil or oily material, including tarballs, tar mats, or other oily debris.

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Hurricane Isaac
8:22 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

WATCH: Army Corps storm and flood protection overview

A "flyover" overview video of the hurricane and flood protection system ringing the New Orleans region, from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Hurricane Isaac
8:07 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Red Cross tips on Isaac anxiety

With Isaac poised to make landfall in the same areas of the Gulf Coast struck by Hurricane Katrina seven years ago, the American Red Cross has a series of tips for families and individuals in the region that may experience anxiety about the storm and anniversary.

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Hurricane Isaac
8:02 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Baton Rouge airport likely to cancel flights

The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is advising all flights scheduled to arrive this evening or Wednesday will most likely be canceled. The flight schedule on Thursday will be based on forecasted weather conditions.

Travelers should check with their airline to confirm if their flight is affected. Travelers can find a list of airlines serving BTR on the airport's website.

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