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article imageVideo: Braithwaite Louisiana Fire and Rescue save man and dogs

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By Greta McClain
Aug 30, 2012 in World
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Braithwaite - Braithwaite Louisiana Fire and Rescue boats patroled a subdivision in Plaquemines Parish searching for trapped residents. One resident they find is trapped in his attic along with his four dogs.
Fred Leslie, a 70-year-old of Braithwaite, found himself and his four dogs trapped in the attic of his home after a levee was unable to hold back the flood waters of Hurricane Isaac. Firefighters were able to rescue Leslie and his dogs by going through a vent in the roof. Leslie and his pets had sought shelter from the quickly rising waters in the home's attic, but Isaac’s waters soon rose to the roof-line. Leslie said the loss of this home to flooding comes seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his previous home.
KMOV states an 18-mile stretch of the levee in Plaquemines Parish was flooded.
WFAA-TV reporter Jonathan Betz was riding with rescuers when they encountered Leslie. KHAU reports Betz as saying "The rescues are plentiful there, it's sad to say. They brought out the axe. They started to chip away at an air vent so they could get to a man. The dogs were terrified. "One of them actually ran and jumped into my arms as I was sitting there."
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