Water tops 12 foot levee in Plaquemines Parish, LA. People trapped on rooftops. Parish pres. tells Weather Channel "worse than Katrina."—
Lester Holt (@LesterHoltNBC) August 29, 2012
Torrential rain from Hurricane Isaac caused water to spill over the top of a levee in Plaquemines Parish, La., Wednesday morning. Many homes are underwater and dozens of residents were in need of rescue in the parish about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans.
Parish president Billy Nungesser told reporters:
The devastation of my house is worse than Katrina aand the flooding in Woodlawn is worse than Katrina, so those things tell me that the damage on the east bank is worse than Katrina.
Plaquemines Pres. Billy Nungesser: 25 people trapped either in attics or on roofs on east bank. 65 people total on east bank rescue list.—
Maya Rodriguez (@MRodriguezWWL) August 29, 2012
Plaquemines parish officials are in boats on westbank waiting to go to the east bank and rescue the people from Braithwaite—
Laura Buchtel (@Laura_Buchtel) August 29, 2012
"They are completely surrounded by water awaiting rescue. Please get the word out that they need help." Sommer L'Hoste Plaquemines Parish—
Hurricane Central (@twc_hurricane) August 29, 2012
The National Guard has been deployed to help with rescue efforts.
And the situation could worsen later today.
Mandatory evacuations are underway.
An intentional levee breach may be necessary to relieve pressure.
Officials are considering "intentional breach" of Plaquemines levy to stop overtopping – Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal—
Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) August 29, 2012
Many are tweeting photos of the devastation.
The Twitterverse is praying for Plaquemines Parish residents and rescue workers.
Keep the people stuck in Plaquemines Parish in your prayers—
MIA X (@TheRealMiaX) August 29, 2012
Prayers and good wishes to friends in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Being decimated 7 yrs after Katrina. Also St. Bernard, Jeff & Orleans.—
Suzanne Johnson (@Suzanne_Johnson) August 29, 2012
Omg Man prayers go out to everyone in Plaquemines Parish—
Trill Cosby (@J_DemarKo) August 29, 2012
Praying for those in Plaquemines Parish now, and all those currently in Isaac's path. Hang in there guys!—
Chase Hawkins (@chaselhawkins) August 29, 2012