The storm that had been Hurricane Isaac crawled into the central US yesterday, leaving behind a soggy mess in Louisiana and two newly reported deaths. Neighbourhoods were underwater and even homes that stayed dry didn't have lights, air conditioning or clean water.
It will be a few days before the soupy brown water recedes and people in flooded areas can return home. New Orleans itself was spared, thanks in large part to a levee system fortified after Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005.
Meanwhile, New Orleans lifted its storm-related curfew but was hardly back to normal. "I have a battery-operated fan. This is the only thing keeping me going," said Rhyn Pate, a food services worker.
Isaac dumped as much as 16 inches of rain in some areas, and about 500 people had to be rescued. At least six deaths were reported in Louisiana and Mississippi. Two victims were discovered late on Thursday in the hard-hit town of Braithwaite.