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Officials Visit State After Isaac

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Government officials are making way to Louisiana to access the post-storm devastation from Hurricane Isaac.

Sen. David Vitter and Sen. Mary Landrieu will be joining Col. Ed Fleming, Major General John Peabody and Lt. General Thomas Bostick on an aerial tour of southeast Louisiana Saturday, Sept. 1.

Vitter will join Gov. Mitt Romney and Bobby Jindal Friday afternoon on a visit to Lafitte to meet with local officials and first responders and to assess flooding damages.

The tour will fly over the area, including Plaquemines, Grand Isle, Larose and Golden Meadow.

The aerial tour will begin at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District office at 10 a.m. and will return at approximately 1 p.m.

Vitter asked the U.S. Corps of Engineers to get an expert, independent review on whether and to what extent the Hurricane Protection System put in place after Hurricane Katrina made flooding worse in parts of southeast Louisiana that are outside of the system because of a funneling effect or similar impact. Vitter will address this with the Corps during an aerial tour of southeast Louisiana Saturday.

"The good news from Hurricane Isaac is that the Corps' post-Katrina hurricane protection system in metropolitan New Orleans performed well," Vitter said in a statement. "The bad news is that there was significant flooding in several areas outside the system, in many cases at unprecedented levels. The people in those areas deserve a careful, scientific, and expedited review of this issue by outside, independent experts."

Places like Plaquemines Parish, lower Jefferson Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish, and specific parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish experienced severe flooding and are not protected by the post-Katrina system.

"I welcome Gov. Romney to Louisiana today so he can see firsthand the devastation caused by Hurricane Isaac," Landrieu said in a statement. "I hope as he witnesses recovery in action, he will reflect upon his party's approach to funding disaster response."

On Monday, Sept. 3, President Obama will travel to Louisiana to meet with local officials and view ongoing response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Isaac. 

 

 

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