Isidore Out Like a Lamb

About 34,000 homes remain without power along Louisiana’s southeastern coast, which bore the brunt of Isidore's torrential rains.

In the wake of Isidore, getting around the Big Easy was anything but easy. Cars, even buses, turned into submarines.

The worst was just outside the city; more than a foot of rain left Lake Pontchartrain bursting at the seams. Roads were cut off to all but the creative. The morning after, people were still talking about the harrowing moments behind the wheel.

For the most part, the complicated system of pumps and levees did their job and kept the city safe. Some 100,000 people lost power in southern Louisiana and Mississippi and the storm sent waves crashing as far east as Mobile, Alabama. But bad as it looked at times, Isidore was not the monster once feared; the winds had weakened by the time it hit New Orleans. In the French Quarter, business is back to usual.

In Meridian, heavy rains caused low level flooding, too, with more than six inches of rain falling in Meridian over the last two days. The water made driving on the streets dangerous, as high winds knocked down trees and power lines. Traffic had to be re-routed several times throughout the morning, as cleanup crews worked to clear debris from roads and streets.

Lema officials and volunteers were ready for whatever might happen, but director Clarence Butler said for the most part, we were spared. The storm actually weakened as it moved northward, so the Meridian area was spared some of the worst weather associated with it.

Nevertheless, it will likely be several days before all the high water subsides and the cleanup of debris is complete.

ABC News and the associated press contributed to this report.


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