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Sep 3, 2012 11:04 AM by Associated Press

For many in Plaquemines Parish, damage worse than Katrina in 2005

NEW ORLEANS) - Much of Plaquemines (PLAK'-uh-minz) Parish, a vulnerable finger of land that juts into the Gulf of Mexico, remains under 5 feet of water. Parish President Billy Nungesser says the Category 1 hurricane walloped the parish. For many, the damage is worse than that from Katrina in 2005. Nungesser says there were reports that cattle in the largely rural parish took refuge on porches. In one instance, cattle broke through a window and lumbered onto furniture to stay above water. Controlled breaches of one overtopped levee and additional pumps are being used to get rid of the water. Business owners and residents who evacuated from the west river bank of flooded south Plaquemines Parish will be allowed to return temporarily with police escorts Monday.

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