With just hours to go before tropical storm Isaac makes landfall, governments, businesses and residents in New Orleans and on the central Gulf Coast are rushing to get ready for the storm.
Folks living in New Orleans are hoping that $10 billion in improvements to the levee system since hurricane Katrina in 2005 will hold during what is now the first real test. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) went out with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Monday to tour the levees, and tells Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning that everything seems ready to withstand Isaac.
"All of preparations seem really strong," Vitter says. "We'll see how everything goes. Apparently this won't be a very, very strong test, knock on wood because it will remain a relatively weak hurricane. We're hoping for that. It will be an important test for the system."
Vitter tells Soledad that he has evacuated his own family, even though many residents have decided not to leave their homes.
"I think that's reasonable given the strength of the storm. I got them out of town so I could do my work and I knew they were safe. Given this nature of this storm, I think it's reasonable that most people would stay," Vitter says.
Despite all the preparations, Vitter says there are a few things that still concern him before Isaac arrives.
"My biggest concern is not with the system that's been built since Katrina. It's with all of the areas outside that system. We really built the system for the last storm. There are major populated areas outside of that system, Western St. Charles, lower Jefferson, those are very, very vulnerable areas with significant population in them," Vitter says.
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