Gulf Coast Flooding 'Happened So Fast'
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One thing we've heard from people along the Gulf Coast is it happened so fast. That's how many have described rising flood waters in several parishes in Louisiana.
INSKEEP: About 30 miles west of New Orleans, St. John the Baptist Parish was flooded quickly from two lakes, including Lake Pontchartrain. Isaac's strong winds created a surge - forcing water into residential areas and forcing evacuations of thousands of people.
Plaquemines Parish seemed to be the hardest hit after a levee there was overtopped. Several dozen people were rescued - many initially by neighbors who took matters into their own hands, and their own boats.
We'll have more from the Gulf Coast throughout today's program.
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