Rescues ongoing in flooded Plaquemines Parish

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BRAITHWAITE, La. --  Rescue workers are trying to get residents out of harm's way are who stuck in parts of lower Plaquemines Parish. President Billy Nungesser said that the town of Braithwaite is being inundated with 10-12 feet of water, with Hurricane Isaac chasing those that stayed behind to their attics and rooftops seeking high ground as they scramble to get out the parish.

Nungesser said it is unclear if a back levee was overtopped or if it was breached. "This is not a category-1 (storm), I don't care what anybody says," he said. "This rain, this driving wind. I got more damage to my house than I had for Katrina."

The area from Braithwaite to White Ditch was swamped with floodwaters after Hurricane Isaac came roaring ashore.

Rescue efforts are ongoing for residents, said Nungesser, but conditions are making it difficult to coordinate the rescues. Shrimp boats are being used to rescue people by picking people off rooftoops and take them safety.

One Braithwaite resident, Gene Oddo, talked with WWL-TV as he rode out the storm in the attic with his wife and infant daughter. Oddo said he got trapped in the attic after the water came quickly.

"It came up so fast," said Oddo over the phone, adding that some neighbors were also trapped in the area.

Nungesser said there is a report of a woman stranded on a rooftoop, and some people are stranded at the ferry landing. Nungesser said two pump operators were stuck on the levee in Braithwaite because the water came up too fast.

A tweet from CNN stated that three people were rescued from Plaquemines, according to Nungesser, including one woman from a rooftop.

The area, which is not part of the hurricane protection system, has dealt with flooding problems during serious storms before.

Nungesser said they're trying to get people out through St. Bernard.

"The water is going across the road pretty good. A minute ago they stopped moving people because they were fearful that they'd drive their cars off the road."

Nungesser said the area is seeing worst conditions than in Hurricane Gustav.

"If this is going to keep up for 36 hours, we're going to see that east bank area inundated with water."