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Isaac weakens, the US assesses the damage

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Isaac weakens, the US assesses the damage
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The devastation caused by Hurricane Isaac on the gulf coast of the United States is becoming clear now that it has weakened to a tropical depression.

The weather system was the first major test of New Orleans’ flood defences since the fatal devastation of Katrina exactly seven years earlier.

Many areas were still inundated despite the barriers and many people had to be evacuated.

Lorraine White, who was moved when flood waters rose around her home in the LaPlace neighbourhood, said: “If the storm took a turn, then they should have warned us to say where the water could possibly get.”

Rich Musacchia, who was rescued by the National Guard said: “I lost my vehicle, my home, my motorbike. I lost everything. What I have with me now is actually what I own.”

Isaac shocked many with the sheer volume of water it dropped – almost half a metre of rain on New Orleans in a single 24 hour period – and even though it has lost its sting, it can still trigger tornadoes in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Just three people were reported dead.

One insurance estimate puts the cost of the damage at up to 1.6 billion euros.