Steve Inskeep talks to Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, about how Hurricane Isaac is impacting his community. Nungesser says the storm that hit his parish in southeast Louisiana was "no Category 1" hurricane.
While Hurricane Issac is less powerful than Katrina which struck seven years ago, it has already cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. In addition water has topped a levee in southeastern Louisiana.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast took a lashing overnight from Hurricane Isaac. A big storm surge, tropical force winds and pounding rain hit the area. But in some ways, the memory of Hurricane Katrina makes it harder for a much weaker hurricane like Isaac to garner that same sense of urgency.
Because Isaac is moving slowly, it is dumping a lot of rain. The president of Plaquemines Parish is reporting plenty of damage. He says water washed over a levee and stranded people in that area of southeastern Louisiana.
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