Floodwater, Dead Livestock a Problem after Isaac

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Evidence of Hurricane Isaac can still be found in New Orleans' Plaquemines Parish.

Homes are damaged, trees are down, and high water remains. But officials say one of the biggest concerns is the number of dead livestock.

At least a thousand cows drowned in the 10-15 feet of floodwater that followed Isaac.

"If you don't get a move on it, then these carcasses start to get a stench, then you get mosquitoes biting, and then they bite on humans," Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco explained.

"Then you are starting to transfer blood fluids from one carcass to a human being, and then we are going to have an epidemic down here," Greco said.

Crews are beginning to clean up the dead animals along with other debris and mud left as the flood waters recede.

Louisiana Rep. Chris Leopold said he hopes Plaquemines Parish will get funding to improve the levees in the area for the future.

"Money is scarce. We all know that," he said. "The bottom line is this: its importance cannot be measured in population, which census numbers dictate. It has to be measured by the non-tangible, non-people related things that we provide to the whole country."

Many areas in Louisiana are receiving federal aid.

The Red Cross and other relief organizations like CBN's Operation Blessing International are working to help with the cleanup and distribute food and other supplies.

Many residents have lost everything and Operation Blessing teams are ministering to them through prayer, hot meals, and more.

"It's just such a sad situation. Sad for the people. They've had such a string of bad luck down here," Operation Blessing International President Bill Horan said. "First was Katrina, only about half of the homes were flooded by Katrina. This is truly a historic storm. The damage is just absolutely devastating."

So far, Operation Blessing has received more than 600 requests from residents seeking assistance with clean up.

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