Isaac waters top one La. levee, some homes flooded

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NEW ORLEANS — Authorities say a storm surge driven by Hurricane Isaac is overtopping a levee in a thinly populated part of mostly rural Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans.

Parish spokesman Caitlin Campbell says water is running over an 18-mile stretch of the levee and some homes are flooded.

Sheriff’s deputies from St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes are going house-to-house looking for residents who’d remained after an evacuation order.

Campbell says streets in the area are still passable.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says a portion of the roof of his home on the parish’s west bank has blown off. He describes wind-driven rain coming into his home as “like standing in a light socket with a ire hose turned on.”

Source: The Associated Press