ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA. (CNN) – Monday evening, President Obama toured the storm damage left by Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. He visited a neighborhood that suffered heavy flooding west of New Orleans last week.
The president praised rescuers and volunteers helping clean up the damage.
“I want to commend everybody who’s here for the extraordinary work that they’ve done in making sure that lives were saved. That, although there was tremendous property damage, people were in a position to get out quickly and as you can see folks are on the ground already clearing out the debris and making sure that they’re able to recover as rapidly as possible.”
President Obama also promised federal help to beef up flood protection in the area.
Authorities have blamed eight deaths in the U.S. on Isaac, six of them in Louisiana.
More than 100-thousand people on the Gulf Coast remain without power, six days after the storm hit.