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article imageCentral, North Louisiana ready for Hurricane Isaac's impact Special

By Carol Forsloff     Aug 29, 2012 in World
Many people outside of Louisiana focus on New Orleans when it comes to weather conditions. But the State of Louisiana is often on a statewide alert when storms like Hurricane Isaac approach.
Hurricane Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical depression, and New Orleans has hunkered down as the rain continues in torrents. Regions of Louisiana to the north make preparations for weather problems, as Natchitoches, Louisiana has presently done. This is especially true given the fact that floodwaters have inundated parts of Leesville, Louisiana to the north.
Past storms, such as Hurricane Katrina, have brought weather problems to the central and northern areas of Louisiana. While these regions are often thought of as hurricane evacuation areas, the potential for wind and rain damage can occur frequently in these regions, although not to the same extent, nor power, of the storms that hit the coastline.
Bill Vance owns a radio station in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He says, "Preparations are in place for eventual problems, as they occur. The Natchitoches Parish Homeland Security office has prepared the parish for the arrival of Tropical Storm/Depression Isaac. All systems are in place."
He goes on to say, "The difference now between conditions resulting from Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac is that the New Orleans parishes, such as St. Bernard parish, have not requested the shelters that were provided Katrina victims. So the NSU shelter did not open."
In New Orleans, the Levees organization, managed by Sandy Rosenthal, its President, continues to remind the public that Katrina's damage was created from neglect. That neglect arose from the levees lacking the appropriate supports to maintain the flood waters. In an article entitled Corps Commander Admits Relying on Hearsay When He Blamed Katrina Flooding on New Orleans Officials an official with the American Corps of Engineers has admitted a lack of full transparency when local officials were said to be partly to blame for the flooding following Hurricane Katrina.
Presently experts are reminding the public that the flood waters from Hurricane Isaac will not over top the levees, as they did seven years ago during Hurricane Katrina. Plaquemines Parish is the exception, as flooding there has already occurred, with waters topping the levees.
Storms are not taken casually in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The sheriff's office announced the availability of sandbags just days ago. The city has storm warnings to alert residents of tornadoes, strong winds and rain. Northwestern University has closed for the week because of the storm. The sheriff's office announced yesterday that Natchitoches Parish could receive 6 - 10 inches of rain during the next 72 hours.
Because weather alerts are critical now, Vance has posted a picture from one of his Facebook followers showing the flooding in Leesville, which is to the north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, evidence that the consequences of Hurricane Isaac can be found in areas far from the coast, as has occurred with other storms. Residents of Natchitoches recognize that New Orleans may be the Louisiana flagship city, but the towns throughout the state must also be on alert when disasters are predicted and to therefore be prepared.
In the meantime Vance has posted Natchitoches Weather Alerts to update residents on the course of the storm for their area.
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