Tropical Storm Isaac Threatens Gulf Coast on Katrina’s 7th Anniversary

Tropical Storm Isaac is heading through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to batter the Gulf Coast. Federal officials expect the storm to develop into a Category 1 hurricane and make landfall on Wednesday. The storm will mark the most serious test of New Orleans’ rebuilt levees in the seven years since Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city is prepared for the storm, just as it marks Katrina’s anniversary.

Mitch Landrieu: “It is quite ironic that we have a hurricane that is threatening us on the seventh anniversary of Katrina. It is worth noting that that brings a high level of anxiety to the people of New Orleans, but I want to assure you all that there is nothing that this storm is going to bring us that we do not believe that we are prepared to handle.”