Hurricane Isaac was downgraded to a tropical storm Wednesday, but winds and torrential rains sent water over an 18 mile section of a rural Louisiana levee. The storm is now slogging through New Orleans, where Hurricane Katrina hit seven years ago to the day.
According to the National Weather Service, heavy bursts of rain are expected in southwest Georgia this week, with the threat of possible tornadoes. Counties in the southwest part of the state, including Thomas and Grady, have been under a significant weather alert with flooding possible.
Greg Linander, with Linander’s Tree Service in Columbus is ready to move quickly if trees come down in the storm:
I have cranes and grapples all that, we get everything ready and gassed up, we get the extra supplies we need for the storm, buy some tarps to tarp roofs, if we have to pull a tree off the house and there’s a hole in the roof and it’s raining, we want to prevent flood damage, we’d come out there.
The Georgia National Guard is not expected to be called to action locally, but General Jim Butterworth says the Guard has military transport aircrafts on standby to lend assistance to other states:
“We have been requested and we’ve indicated back to the National Guard Bureau, and as a result, the state of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama that we have resources available and aircrew who are available to go help. But as of this minute, we do not have anything in the process of deploying.”
In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal has asked the Pentagon for 180 days of military benefits for as many as eight thousand members of the Louisiana National Guard who may be called for work due to the storm.