In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, specifically New Orleans, Louisiana. Now, almost exactly seven years later, a strengthening storm system named Isaac threatens to slam the city once again. Are people ready?
According to the Washington Post, "Forecasters are predicting 7 to 14 inches of rain once Isaac, which is expected to become a hurricane later Tuesday, reaches land. Total rainfall could reach 20 inches in some isolated areas." That's a lot of water, especially for lowlands.
And while Isaac is not expected to reach Katrina-strength, officials are warning residents to play it safe. "We will not tolerate people joy-riding around," Sheriff Newell Normand of New Orleans suburb Jefferson Parish told the Washington Post. "You need to stay home. If you’re bored, play Parcheesi."
Is the city of New Orleans prepared for another potential disaster situation? Fox News reports that the levees surrounding the city have been updated to withstand stronger storms: "...New Orleans is protected by a $14.5 billion Hurricane and Storm Damage RIsh Reduction System, which consists of higher and stronger levees, walls, floodgates and pumps designed to withstand a Category 3 storm." Isaac isn't expected to grow past a Category 2 hurricane.
Still, locals who don't plan on evacuating are advised to stock up on necessities, including water, non-perishable food items and promotional flashlights.