Around Plaquemines Parish, winds were near hurricane-force at around 8 a.m. as Gustav approached shore. Dozens of power lines snapped along the peninsula. However, no flooding was reported. Power and internet service are still as the heaviest part of the storm passes and wind whips around from the southeast. The possibility of flooding still grows according to officials.
Stan Mathes, director of economic development and tourism for the parish, feels that they may be able to escape the wrath of Gustav. There might be minor flooding, but nothing catastrophic.
Until about 11 p.m., operators were still pumping water out of canals on the southern end of the parish, and a 2 a.m. inspection indicated the bands of rain that have already swept over the Gulf coast peninsula hadn’t raised water levels significantly.
Levees constructed yesterday were holding up and those that were only five feet tall were successfully raised by a foot or two, but gaps remain. Seven or eight foot storm surge could overtop the levees and flood Belle Chasse for the first time in its history. Though surge estimates have come down, flood fighting crews are still ready for deployment if necessary.