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August 30th, 2012
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Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser on floods after Isaac, says controlled levee breaks planned today

Lots of areas on the Gulf Coast were hit hard as Hurricane Issac made its way over land yesterday. Plaquemines Parish was one of the hardest hit, with at least four levees overtopped. The resulting was so widespread that people who did not heed the mandatory evacuation were ordered to their roofs and in some cases out of their windows. At least 100 people had to be rescued from here yesterday.

Parish president Billy Nungesser talks with Soledad on "Starting Point" this morning with an update on the flooding and the number of people who need to pull out of homes.

"Last night we believed they got everyone out but at first light this morning the sheriff's office and the National Guard will be going house to house to make sure they got everyone," he says. "We also are going to start an effort this morning on West Bank. Late yesterday I tried to get up highway 23 and the water was rushing up high over 23 so fast that a herd of cattle and deer were running to get out of the flood waters."

Nungesser also explains the plans to move the flood waters from the parish.

"We're going to breach the back levees as this wind dies down this morning. We're going down at first light by air boat on the West Bank, and as the wind dies down and the levees become visible through the water, we're going to strategically cut those levees and break those levees so the water can move out quickly. We're going to do that on the East and West Bank," he says.

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