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August 29th, 2012
06:24 AM ET

BREAKING NEWS: Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser details levee overtopping and two stranded parish workers

After hurricane Isaac made landfall last night, overnight officials are reporting "overtopping of a levee on the east bank" from Braithwaite to White Ditch in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, which will "result in significant deep flooding in the area," the National Weather Service said.

Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish president, spoke to Zoraida Sambolin on "Early Start" about the overtopping of a levee in the parish.

“We knew we were going to have trouble with the projected storm surge, but we were hoping this storm wasn’t going to sit out there as long as it has done, backtracked, and keep pumping this water up against the levees. And there’s only just so much that it can take," Nungesser says.

Nungesser also reported that two parish workers were stranded on the levee.

“We're going to do everything possible,” says Nungesser. “What we do is our pump operators stay in the pump stations as long as they feel safe. The minute they feel safety is a problem, they are authorized to leave immediately and come to the government complex. These workers saw the water coming over the levee, got in their vehicle and headed out. It came up within minutes to where they didn't feel safe driving their vehicle any further. So they stopped on the levee and we began to try to get to them to get them out of there.”

The Plaquemines Parish President went on to say that a resident in the area was going to attempt to rescue the two parish members with his personal boat. “It sounds awfully dangerous. It is. he's very brave and we didn't encourage him to do it but he insisted to try to bring these men back to the main levee.”

This post will continue to be updated throughout the morning.


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