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In Louisiana alone, the storm cut power to 901,000 homes and businesses, or about 47 percent of the state, but that was down to 617,000.
More than 15,000 utility workers began restoring power to customers in Louisiana and Mississippi, but officials said it would be a couple of days before power was fully restored.
Crews intentionally breached a levee that was strained by Isaac’s floodwaters in southeast Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish, which is outside the federal levee system. Aerial images showed the water gushing out. Gov. Bobby Jindal said officials expected 70 percent of the water on the east bank to disappear because of the release and changing wind direction.
In Mississippi’s Bay St. Louis, Allen Barrilleaux, spent Friday morning draining water from the engine of his flooded truck not far from a river.
He was going to ride out the storm with his wife, a friend, and 5-week-old son in their house, which is on stilts, but called for help Wednesday when the water came closer and large pine trees from a nearby mill swirled in the water. They were evacuated by boat.
Watching for ant beds as he walked around his green Chevy, Barrilleaux said hurricanes are part of life here, but disasters can hit anywhere.
"Life’s cruel," Barrilleaux said, gripping a wrench with a greasy hand. Then he smiled.
"We’re like that big old ant hill and a guy with a lawnmower just keeps mowing us down."
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