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Isaac victims ask for more protection after viewing Sandy destruction


Braithwaite, LA -- As Sandy pounded the East Coast with its record surge and pounding waves destroying homes, local residents affected by Hurricane Isaac sympathize with them.

Residents in Braithwaite say its time for Local, State and Federal officials to step up and get the ball moving on adequate levee protection for the Gulf Coast all the way to the East Coast.

While Joseph Gioia cleans his flooded out Braithwaite home, he thinks about the devastation along the East Coast.

"We're always hearing we shouldn't live down here we should move, but everyone else is getting a taste of this," says Gioia.

Residents are complaining that the help from FEMA has been virtually non-existent.

"Insurance I had to fight, I had to go speak to National Flood Insurance Commission twice," says Gioia.

Plaquemines Parish President, Billy Nungesser says it's time for Congressional leaders from both coasts to join forces to improve Federal response to disasters, plus get better storm surge protection.

"There's a reason that storm was this big, well that's a lot of Senators and a lot of Congressmen, so if we can put that team together and charge Washington," says Nungesser.

Nungesser says he's already contacted the leaders of New York and New Jersey and he'll be pushing for millions of dollars for Federal funding because there's a lot of work left to be done in Plaquemines.

"By January the debris and the levee repairs will be done. And we've fast-tracked the other two breaches so we will get back to work on that 12-foot levee built to Federal standards, says Nungesser.


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