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-- a massive recovery effort is under way in New Orleans after hurricane Isaac.
Thousands of evacuees still can't return to their flooded homes.
Patience of course is wearing -- more than 400000.
People in Louisiana still did not have any power.
Going their homes and boy it's not easy to it's easy to see why when you look at some of these pictures join me now on the phone lieutenant colonel Jerry Snead he -- the deputy -- Of public safety for the office of Homeland Security in New Orleans.
Thank you so much for being with us this mornings are welcome.
That's thank you permit.
Tell me a little bit about what these hardest hit areas are we looking at some incredible video on the screen right now -- four people many of them.
Water up to the second floor their homes.
Yes so who city of New Orleans is not -- batted in this situation are all that levees systems that protects the city.
It quite well the only two areas that we are having problems with there're that it has some of -- but investors seeing.
Is in that area that's outside of our -- system in there in the east the fit nation.
Like -- area that some of those citizens have some of the flooding that your talking about but the majority of the city.
We're doing quite well this -- worked or not -- -- on announced clean up.
And getting us electricity back -- -- we'll have about 65000 Russians about electricity.
I mean that that's good news for the city but boy is bad news for these folks in the outlying areas we are just showing pictures while you're talking to us -- Tenet.
People trapped on their rooftops being rescued off of them and literally I don't know how these houses some of these houses ever recover from -- But what -- exactly.
You know the city of New Orleans chef as some of those very same thing Katrina.
Seven years after Katrina we have areas that are still fighting to recover straight is he's very very difficult -- so long haul.
And our heart goes out of those.
Parishes around us that that hit much or and we yet again we're we feel very very good -- that we had to Levy system that worked this time.
But we know what those individuals are going through and -- a long long process -- that you know.
This is -- of -- Louisiana are very resilient.
They'll fight through this thing just like the -- -- stated that thereby they'll come back better sport we hope.
Yeah very strong communities.
And people help but each other out which they are really gonna need right now.
What's the update on electricity because that that's just sort of -- want to get your power back you can start -- Put some of this back together.
Exactly I think when you when you lose -- you understand our line we -- reliable.
How much we rely on it than -- how good those -- conditions are.
I -- say the -- New Orleans about 65000.
Electricity but our energy crews are out there they're working hard.
And again which -- and very experienced the whole region everybody's in this together.
They have crews are everywhere so -- you know New -- may be better than others but.
Everybody -- fight to get things back in again we will where everything will be back too -- of normal.
As quickly as possible.
Are people I mean we all remember of course the legacy of Hurricane Katrina so our people getting the help that they need are they getting the supplies they need.
Is that the one thing I think that we've seen -- FEMA has been very very.
Are leaning forward on this.
They're -- -- quickly there was water there Maurice site storage.
-- -- not there was a little pick up and get some of it should be out quickly but that most that's been -- -- -- I can't say this FEMA wasn't pushing stuff too.
That the -- -- as quickly as possible so I think.
Katrina will present the nation up and things or much better -- federal government I think bush is thanks to all of us much quicker now.
Our thoughts are with all of those folks lieutenant colonel Jerry -- thank you so much for being with us today good luck to you and everybody out there.
-- thank you very much -- -- remains remarkable too.
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