Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rescues Continue as Isaac Floods outside New Orleans Hundreds of Thousands without Power as Evacuations Continue; 1 Dead in Mississippi

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rescues Continue as Isaac Floods outside New Orleans Hundreds of Thousands without Power as Evacuations Continue; 1 Dead in Mississippi

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NEW ORLEANS --

New Orleans' defenses held, but north and south of the city unrelenting rain today forced officials to launch speedy evacuation and rescue efforts in the face of fast-rising waters.

Along the shores of Lake Ponchartrain, near New Orleans, officials sent scores of buses and dozens of high-water vehicles to help evacuate about 3,000 people. Floodwaters rose waist-high in some neighborhoods, and the Louisiana National Guard was working with sheriff's deputies to rescue people stranded in their homes.

Even as Isaac weakened on its slow trek inland, it continued to spin off life-threatening weather including storm surges, inland flooding from torrential rain and potential tornadoes. Nearly half of Louisiana electrical customers lost power and another 150,000 were out in neighboring Mississippi.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted a couple and their dogs early today from a home in LaPlace, between the Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain, after a storm surge poured into their neighborhood and local authorities called for help. …

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