ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - The wind was not as powerful as Katrina but once Hurricane Isaac turned into tropical storm Isaac the threat was not gone.
"It's a very serious matter," the New Orleans mayor told his residents during a press briefing.
The American Red Cross has deployed 34 volunteers from the St. Louis area to help. The agency says more than 5,000 storm victims have received help from Red Cross Shelters.
Many New Orleans residents left before the storm hit but some stayed behind and were trapped by rising waters.
"We tried to leave but we couldn't because we had nowhere to go," said one woman in tears.
Pontoon boats carried load after load of belongings out of homes where water was the only way to gain access.
The Governor of New Orleans estimates that parts of the slow moving storm will continue to cause problems through Friday.