7 Years After Katrina, NOLA Braces for Isaac
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Mississippi-Louisiana border, forever changing the region and the way officials react to incoming storms. With Tropical Storm Isaac now projected to potentially hit the area - probably as a hurricane - the lessons from the disaster that followed Katrina have not been lost. Local officials are taking an extremely cautious approach again to weather threats.
Gov. Bobby Jindal called a state of emergency in Louisiana as Isaac’s path moved west. He suggests that people leave low-lying parts of coastal parishes.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu declared a state of emergency Sunday afternoon, reports nola.com.
Landrieu said he declared the emergency “so that everybody in the city of New Orleans can begin to prepare.”
The storm was still a day-and-a-half away, according to current models, but Landrieu said they were not taking any chances.
“The better part of wisdom here is to be prepared,” Landrieu said, according to nola.com.
Landrieu said that for now, he expects New Orleans residents to shelter in place. But he says that if New Orleans is evacuated, there won’t be any shelter.