Isaac Floods Some La. Homes, Tops One Levee

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NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Isaac pounded the Gulf Coast with high winds and heavy rains Wednesday, knocking out power to thousands. But rain a storm surge are still the top concern.

Water has already topped a levee in one parish, but the strong new system of levees has not been breached.

Residents Unfazed by Isaac

Many New Orleans residents have seen firsthand how devastating a hurricane can be, and that's why some say they have no plans to evacuate the city this time around.

After Hurricane Katrina, many don't view Isaac, now a Category 1 storm, as that big of a threat.

The New Orleans stretch of Interstate 10 was nearly empty Tuesday, just hours before the city was expected to feel the worst of Isaac.

But in its popular French Quarter, business owners were at least closing up shop and boarding up windows.

CBN News Reporter Efrem Graham is in New Orleans and talked more, on CBN Newswatch Aug. 28, about the scene in the city ahead of the storm. Click play to watch.

AccuWeather.com meteorologist Vanessa Bezic also offers the latest on Isaac's progress.

"The owner is usually concerned about getting windows shattered in an old building and want to cut down on maintenance when it is all over. Of course this time, I don't think we will have much to worry about," New Orleans resident Kevin Young said.

Young has lived in the city all his life and has no plans of leaving his hometown during this latest round of bad weather.

"I will tie up a little boat to the house and as the water rises, whatever floor I need to go to to get into the boat, I will get into the boat," he joked to CBN News.

Young is able to laugh because he survived Hurricane Katrina exactly seven years ago. And the word on the street among many New Orleans natives is about the same.

"This is not Katrina. Not at all," Margaret Albert, another resident, said.

Albert is leaving her house on the lake until Isaac passes, but she's not leaving New Orleans.

"I lost everything in Katrina so I don't want to hear all the hype. I just want the information so that I can make good informed decisions and remain calm," she said.

She's not alone.

Some Katrina survivors say they are simply too tired to leave their city this time around.

"We evacuated, spent seven hours on the highway (during Katrina). I ain't doing that again," New Orleans resident Nick Bergeron said.

Begeron's only concern is losing power. He has a generator, but no gas.

"The problem is gas. All these stations are out of gas," he explained. "And that's the problem with a generator."

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