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HURRICANE ISAAC DEATH TOLL RISING DUE TO HEAT
President Obama tours Isaac ravaged neighborhood

September 04, 2012




Unidentified man in Lousiana attempts to walk forward in the face of an oncoming 96 mph wind generated by hurricane Isaac. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(NEW ORLEANS, LA.) -- As if the battered survivors of hurricane Isaac haven't been through enough already what with massive flooding, raging wind and rain, power outages and many people losing their homes, Louisiana authorities Monday pegged an eighth death on the effects of last week's Hurricane Isaac.

A 90-year-old man died in a sweltering hot and humid home without electricity in suburban New Orleans.

According to Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich, the man “was found in his home by family, and the home had no power to it."

Parish officials have advised everyone to check on family members and get them into air conditioning somewhere or get them to a shelter.

Isaac killed six people in Louisiana and two in Mississippi, according to state authorities.

Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast south of New Orleans as a Category 1 hurricane early Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of the brutal and devastating Hurricane Katrina.

Nearly a week later more than 100,000 customers remained without power and evacuation orders, most of them voluntary remained in place in a number of Louisiana parishes.

PRESIDENT OBAMA TOURS HARD HIT PARISH

President Obama Monday walked through hard-hit St. John the Baptist Parish, 30 miles outside of New Orleans and told reporters, “What I’ve pledged to these folks is we're going to make sure at the federal level we are getting on the case very quickly about figuring out what exactly happened here and what can we do to make sure it doesn't happen again and expedite some of the decisions that may need to be made."

He made it clear that the federal government can help Americans in crisis, whether they're autoworkers fearful that their company will disappear or Gulf Coast residents picking up the pieces after Hurricane Isaac.

In separate appearances in Ohio and Louisiana, Mr. Obama defended government involvement in the lives of Americans, countering the often-repeated Republican argument that government should do very little for people.

Mr. Obama has said the election between himself and Republican Mitt Romney is a clear choice of the competing visions about the role of government in the lives of Americans.

Just a few hours earlier Hours earlier in Ohio, the President spoke to members of the United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers, and mentioned his decision to rescue automakers General Motors and Chrysler in 2009, a move that Mr. Romney had opposed.

The President said, "If America had thrown in the towel like that, GM and Chrysler wouldn't exist today. The suppliers and the distributors that get their business from these companies would have died off, too. Then even Ford could have gone down as well."

He said those auto manufacturing jobs are worth more than just a paycheck.

“They're a source of pride. They're a ticket into middle-class life. These companies are worth more than just the cars that they build. They're a symbol of America's innovation…they're a source of our manufacturing might. If that is not worth fighting for, than what is?"





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