Gulf Faces Flooding, Lack of Power after Isaac

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Isaac is finally drifting away, but the fallout from the storm is still hurting Gulf Coast residents.

Homeowners venturing back to their neighborhoods are watching the water slowly recede while sweating out another day with no electricity.

Video footage of the storm shows the moment when floodwaters overflowed the levee in Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, resulting in whole neighborhoods engulfed by the surging currents.

"Oh, man, we're gettin' ready to be washed away here," one man in the video says.

Now the only way residents can get to their homes is by boat.

"I lost my vehicle, my home, my motorbike. I lost everything. What I have with me now is actually what I own," flood survivor Rich Musacchia said.

Officials hope the water recedes fast enough in the area before flood waters from the northern parishes flow downstream.

In St. Amant, La., Devin Duplessis and his family are grateful their home survived.

"We were all thinking about if we was going to lose our house, and where we were going to go... if any water was to come over," Duplessis said.

"It was pretty scary just waiting, but I just prayed to God, and I just asked him to protect all of us," La. resident Desiree Veasey said.

"I thought the water was going to come up," one little boy said.

The water did not come up in their neighborhood, and although that wasn't the case in other parts of Louisiana, homeowners are trying to stay positive.

"We were in the process of moving. And now? We are in the process of rebuilding," Terry Harbor resident Clarence Jones laughed.

"Right now it's just getting to where they can get out to be able to get their food or fresh water or even to see anybody else," Killian Police Chief Dennis Hill said.

Operation Blessing International's disaster relief teams have been on location since Isaac made landfall, providing residents with daily hot meals and putting tarps on roofs to protect homes from further damage.

They're also helping families clean up the mess.

"If Operation Blessing wouldn't have been here, I don't know what I would do or how I would handle this. I thank God you're all here," Hurricane Isaac survivor named Becky said.

The remnants of Hurricane Isaac were strong enough to spawn tornadoes in Arkansas Saturday, but no injuries or damage has been reported.

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