Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast earlier in the week, and even though it has since been downgraded to a tropical depression, the damage it caused has not gone unnoticed. The timing of Isaac hit on the seven-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and while the destruction was not nearly as bad as the aforementioned storm, it still packed a punch.
More than 800,000 people in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were without power as of Thursday (Aug. 30). As many as five people died in the area, while in Haiti, Isaac took the lives of 24, and killed five in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
The city of New Orleans was spared flooding, but surrounding areas in Louisiana weren't as lucky. Isaac dumped as much as 16 inches of rain in certain places, and 20 inches in others. The slow-moving storm created a wide surge, which led to the flooding. One couple in the town of Briathwaite were found dead in their home, where they had been trapped. The town was among the hardest hit after a nearby levee broke, causing the area to flood.
President Obama announced Monday (Aug. 27) that federal funds have been allocated for the disaster. Isaac is expected to cost insurance companies $2 billion.
Fresh off his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney flew to the region today to survey the damage.
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