“We haven’t seen anything like this, not even with Katrina,” said Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, located about 95 miles from New Orleans. “Those areas that didn’t flood for Katrina were flooded for this storm. If this is a Category 1 storm, I don’t want to see anything stronger.” [New York Times]

THE NATIONAL WEATHER Service has downgraded hurricane Isaac to a tropical storm, but it continues to pound New Orleans.