Stranded residents rescued by boat from flooded area near New Orleans
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CREATED Aug. 29, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - One man who lives in a flooded area between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico has been using his boat to rescue stranded neighbors. Joshua Brockhaus says he's "getting text messages from all over asking for help."
He says Hurricane Isaac, which is now a tropical storm, had a bigger impact than expected because it lingered over the area for so long, dumping heavy rain.
Officials are considering whether to punch a hole in a levee to relieve some of the water spilling over a wall in the rural area. A mandatory evacuation area for part of the west bank of the Mississippi River affects about 3,000 people.
In New Orleans itself, the levee system has been holding. It was reinforced in the aftermath of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, which struck seven years ago today.
A nighttime curfew will take effect later today -- to prevent looting and to make it easier for utility crews to restore power.
More than 600,000 households and businesses in southeastern Louisiana lost power because of the storm.