Tropical storm Isaac is on track to make landfall near New Orleans tonight, just shy of seven years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall. People in and around New Orleans have been ordered to evacuate if they live outside of storm protection levees, with the memory of Katrina behind each storm prep.
Soledad O'Brien reports live on "Early Start" from the French Quarter in New Orleans, after talking with St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann on how the city is preparing for Isaac.
"I think we're going to be OK," Sheriff Pohlmann says. "I have confidence in our new flood protection system around St. Bernard Parish...we know we're going to have some rough weather, plenty of wind, plenty of rain, and we think we can manage."
"We learned a lot from hurricane Katrina. We're much better organized, we have inter-operability communications...we can talk to state officials, local officials. That's a big part of it. Our game plan is better. We know where the high ground is and that's where we're going to be embedded with our patrol deputies and the rest of our staff. We have facility that has a generator...I think the people, they truly understand the catastrophic effects of a major hurricane," Sheriff Pohlmann adds.