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Isaac News: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Rescued
UPDATED 3:15 PM CDT, August 30, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologists
- Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco had to be rescued Wednesday when he became trapped helping parish residents who became trapped in the floodwaters. Remember, Turn Around, Don't Drown!
- Saturday`s Tulane-Rutgers college football game will go on as scheduled at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The dome survived Isaac with only minor damage to a few signs.
- Possible dam breach in southern Mississippi is forcing evacuation downstream along Tangipahoa River in eastern La. 50,000 people affected
- WWL-TV reporter sees alligator swimming in Louisiana flood water.
- Lulling Destrehan I-310 Bridge closed due to lose barge on the Mississippi River; the Huey Long Bridge is also closed
- National Guard picks up evacuees in LaPlace, La.
- 50 people rescued by boat and high water vehicles in Indian Village, La.
- 75 people rescued from flooded homes and rooftops in Braithwaite, La., after Levee breach
- From WWL-TV: Isaac could become the sixth billion dollar tropical system to affect Louisiana in some way since 2000. It would follow in the path of Tropical Storms Allison ($5 billion) and Lee ($1.3 billion) along with Hurricanes Katrina ($100-plus billion), Rita ($8-plus billion) and Gustav ($5 billion).
- A levee in Plaquemines Parish south of New Orleans has been breached or overtopped by storm surge, causing widespread flooding
- Rescues underway in Plaquemines Parish after levee breach floods communities.
- New Orleans mayor says levee system is holding; street flooding reported from rainfall
- AP reports Isaac death toll in Haiti has risen to 19
- Saint Bernard, La.: 97.1 mph
- Fort Fourchon, La.: 95.1 mph
- Chalmette, La.: 91 mph
- Metaire, La.: 89.9 mph
- New Orleans (Magnolia School), La.: 80 mph
- New Orleans Lakefront Airport: 75.8 mph
- New Orleans International Airport: 74.8 mph
- Arabi, La.: 75.6 mph
- Marrero, La.: 74.5 mph
- Kenner, La.: 73 mph
- Pasagoula, Miss., WeatherBug Live Tracking station reports more than 13 inches of rain.
- Mandeville, La., recorded a 5 to 6 foot storm surge
- Baton Rouge and New Orleans National Weather Service office confirms a damaging tornado in Gulfport, Miss., Wednesday afternoon. Structural damage was reported in the Orange Grove, Ala., area and a roof was blown off a grocery store in McHenry, Miss.
- Isaac slow movement means more flooding from storm surge and torrential downpours
- Storm surge has reached 11 feet at Shell Beach, La., and 8.8 feet at Waveland, Miss. A wind gust was measured at 85 mph in Grand Isle, La.
- Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Plaquemines Parish in southeastern Louisiana at 6:45 p.m. CDT with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.
- Tornado Watch posted for southern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. New Orleans, Hattiesburg, Miss., and Mobile, Ala., are included.
- Greater New Orleans sets a strict 8 p.m. CDT until 6 a.m. CDT curfew. Local police issue stern warning, if caught out after 8 p.m. CDT, "there better be a good reason!"
- The New Orleans Saints are leaving town as Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast.
- Over 58 percent of the 596 manned production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were shut down and evacuated before Isaac.
- Pensacola Naval Air Station evacuated 45 planes to other bases
- Evacuations ordered in Escambia County, Fla., including Pensacola and Pensacola Beach.
- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declares State of emergency
- Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declares state of emergency; issues mandatory evacuations for south Mobile and Baldwin counties and around Mobile Bay
- New Orleans declared State of Emergency Sunday; no evacuations called yet, update coming at 1 p.m. EDT (Source: WeatherBug Partner WWL-TV)
- St. Charles Parish, southeastern La., ordered evacuations Sunday for parish`s 53,000 residents.
- Town of Jean Lafitte, La., orders evacuations.
- Plaquemines Parish, La., is under mandatory evacuation.
- Many roads closed around New Orleans, including major interstates due to flooding. (Source: La. DOT)
- Mississippi State Route 603 and other major nearby roads still remain impassible due to flooding rains and wind from Isaac.
- Amtrak shut down all passenger rail service into and out of New Orleans.
- All airports in New Orleans and coastal southeastern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are closed.
- Airlines are waiving change fees for passengers affected by Isaac.
- Schools across the central and eastern Gulf Coast are closed today with more likely closed on Wednesday.
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