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Isaac victims on North Shore to hear from Corps

Hurricane Isaac victims on the North Shore will get a chance to get answers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Corps officials plan to discuss why they believe storm flooding there was not the result of new levees, part of their post-Isaac assessment report.

"We're in a bowl here, that's one problem -- it's low here and the water has nowhere to go but right here," said Slidell homeowner Louis Bourgeois.

Bourgeois lives near the Palm Lake subdivision in Slidell, an area devastated after Isaac sat over the area and caused much of it to turn into part of the lake.

"It was pretty scary when it went on top of that second step," said Bourgeois. "I was going, oh lord, then Old Towne flooded and that leaves us."

"When are our levees going to be fixed? How much flood insurance are we going to have to pay?  Do we have to elevate?" asked one angry resident at the Corps meeting in Belle Chasse Tuesday.

In Plaquemines Parish, frustrations were evident from both flood victims and Corps officials as they held one in a series of public meetings to discuss its 300-page post storm study.

"I've lived here a long time, I've lived through a lot of hurricanes and we've talked to people that lived in Madisonville all their lives.  And it's never occurred like that and I know the Corps assumption is, there was a lot of rain... where it was placed, the movement... but I saw things that I never dreamed I would see in areas," said St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister.

Brister says she's anxious to see independent reports for information different from what the Corps is handing down.  She  and parish presidents in St. John, Plaquemines, and Tangipahoa are still pushing for federal flood protection, despite what the Corps assessment says.

"We've done some levee protection in our parish ourselves and gone as much as we could, but the ultimate goal is to get the Chef and Rigolets Pass, the barrier there.   And I think that protects more people than building levee after levee, after levee," said Brister.

People had to be rescued from Slidell's Palm Lake subdivision days after Isaac made landfall. Floods in the past have already forced homes here to be raised.

"This house here, the way it's built, I don't know if I can raise this house," said Bourgeois.

That's why residents like Bourgeois hope protection is put in place soon.

The Corps wants to talk to Hurricane victims about flood protection on the North Shore Wednesday night. Their meeting starts at 6:30 at the North Shore Harbor center in Slidell.

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