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Grassy reminder of Hurricane Isaac lingers in Plaquemines Parish

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Marsh grass litters Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Isaac-WVUE FOX 8 Marsh grass litters Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Isaac-WVUE FOX 8

Plaquemines Parish, La.- More than five months after Hurricane Isaac the work to remove tons of marsh grass washed into the parish by storm surge still is not complete.

Parish president Billy Nungesser says more than a million square feet of the grassy debris remains.

Immediately after the storm in August, you could find the washed in grass piled nearly to the top of the Mississippi River levee along Highway 23.

Plaquemines parish leaders wonder if there is any connection between the quantity of dead grass that washed in with Isaac and areas oiled by the BP oil spill years earlier.

Nungesser asks "Did this light sheen in other areas that we didn't document oil kill hundreds of miles of marsh grass?" He says it could be an indication of more damage to the coastline by the oil spill than originally thought.

Nungesser also points out that the marsh grass lost in the storm could impact the state's natural coastal hurricane defenses.

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