Rising waters from Hurricane Isaac have spilled over a levee south of New Orleans and inundated a residential area that had been ordered evacuated, a local official said early Wednesday.
The flooding in Plaquemines Parish, part of a tongue of land extending into the Gulf of Mexico south of New Orleans, saw waters rise 12 feet (3.6 meters) in some homes, Parish President Billy Nungesser told CNN.
“As that water flows over the top, it eventually will eat out portions of that levee, which then it washes away,” he said. “Either that or the inside of the levee will fill up… One or the other will happen. Either way that area’s going to be totally inundated with water.”
Nungesser said at least half of the 2,000 people living in the threatened area had left ahead of the storm. He said another nearby area that had seen no flooding during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was under five feet of water.
Hurricane Isaac has largely stalled since it made landfall on the southern coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, dumping huge amounts of rain along the Gulf coast exactly seven years after Katrina devastated New Orleans.