GRAND BAY, Ala. (AP) — Some Gulf Coast residents were getting out of town as Isaac approached, while others decided to hunker down and ride out the storm. A Mississippi resident was heading to her father's Alabama home. Twin sisters from Holland planned to ride out the storm in the French Quarter while looking for something to do, a gambler departed a Mississippi coast casino as the state temporarily shut the gambling halls and a woman fled New Orleans with her husband, two kids and pets. Here are their stories.

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At a rest stop along Interstate 10 in Alabama, Bonnie Schertler, 54, of Waveland, Miss., was evacuating Tuesday to her father's house in Red Level, Ala., about three-and-a-half hours away. Schertler was traveling with her dog, Custer, and cat, Bennie. She said she decided to evacuate because forecasters were saying the storm could get stronger and could stall and pound the coast for an extended period of time.

"I left because of the 'coulds,'" said Schertler, whose former home in Waveland was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

It was six months before power was back on in the area then. Schertler rebuilt, but she decided it was better to leave her home during this storm.

"I just feel like the storm may stay for a few days and that wind might just pound, and pound, and pound, and pound," she said.

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In the eerily quiet French Quarter in New Orleans, 34-year-old twin sisters from Holland wandered the streets looking for people to talk to and something to do.

Meernda and Corena Cecsl flew to Houston on Saturday, planning to drive to New Orleans for 14 days of music, crowds and fun. Instead, they arrived to news of a tropical storm that later became a hurricane.

"We thought, maybe it's not as big as Katrina. And I thought about the kids. I'm a social worker, so I thought, 'What can I do to help if people need help,'" Meernda Cecsl said.

They hunkered down in their hotel with two other guests and one staffer. The hotel had no food and no service so they stocked up on canned goods, bread, fruit and water, and bought candles and lighters. Their plan Tuesday was to wander the streets looking for people to talk to and things to do, then get back in the hotel by 1 p.m. and ride out the night. Games and books would get them through.

"If it's coming, it's coming. What can you do?" Meernda Cecsl said, vowing not to let it get her down or ruin the trip. "You have to just take the spirit with you."

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Julie Gilyot, who evacuated from New Orleans with her husband, her two kids, a dog and a cockatiel, said she had been struggling to find a hotel that could accommodate her pets. She said she also had to leave her home for Hurricane Katrina.

"We evacuated this time simply because of the potential loss of power," she said. "Not so much for the flooding, because where I live it doesn't flood exactly."

She didn't know how long they would have to stay away this time. During Katrina, she said, they packed up some clothing and expected to be away for a few weeks. They were gone for six months.

Despite the fact that the anniversary of Katrina was expected to coincide with Isaac's landfall, Gilyot said she wasn't too worried about the storm.

"When you live in New Orleans, then you've been through it multiple times," she said. "You pretty much have a handle on things. It's very draining, but you know, you kind of get a comfort zone."

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At Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, Miss., Alvin Waters of nearby Gautier, Miss., was the last gambler escorted out the door Tuesday morning, as the sun broke through the clouds. The state Gaming Commission ordered all of Mississippi's coastal casinos to close because of Isaac. Because of state law, all 12 of the coast casinos are over or near the water.

"The sun's coming out and they're running us out," said Waters, who was off work because his employer was closed. "I got up at 4 o'clock to see what the storm was doing and I thought I'd get out and do something else."

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On the edge of Vacherie, La., just a few hundred yards from the Mississippi River levee, neighborhoods were silent and many homes were boarded up.

The only action was at the Piggly Wiggly, where a steady stream of customers stocked up on water, beer, nonperishable food and meats they could cook before the storm's arrival.

"We had two or three rows of vehicles here earlier," said employee Debbie Inness, whose boss planned to close by 4 p.m. "We try to help out the community and stay open as long as we can."

"It's only a Cat 1, so we'll be OK," she said, loading bags of ice into her own SUV. Her home was boarded up Monday and she had been preparing for two days with a routine checklist. But neither she nor husband Keith was worried.

"We'll get a little wind, a little rain," her husband said, shrugging. "We could get a little tornado action here and there. That's always exciting. But you can't plan for that, so you can't worry about it."

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Dominica Knight, 23, of Houma, La., sat on a folding chair in a corner of the Houma Municipal Auditorium with a sleeping baby in her arms, a restless toddler fidgeting next to her and a pile of blankets and dolls at her feet.

She'd just arrived at what was now the official evacuation center for Terrebonne Parish and the center's director was on a microphone asking people to make room for her and other newcomers on the broad orange white and black-flecked floor that resembled old-fashioned kitchen linoleum.

"I have kids and they both have asthma," she said, holding 11-month-old Zyla in the crook of her arm while holding onto 2-year-old Damia with her free hand. She didn't want to be without power, or away from emergency assistance with a hurricane approaching.

She had expected the center to provide cots and was now waiting for a friend to bring her something to sleep on.

"I'm not used to evacuating. I haven't had one in seven years and I didn't have them," she said, nodding toward her children.

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Bobby Pellegrin, a 39-year-old welder, didn't want to spend Tuesday night at his wooden house in Houma with Hurricane Isaac moving in, so he and his wife evacuated to a hotel. But after checking in, they, along with the other guests, got notes from the Hampton Inn management warning them they would be required to move into the hallways during the worst of the storm to avoid injury from broken window glass.

Also, they were told to prepare for a lack of power and air conditioning. "I thought they had a generator. That's why we came here," Pellegrin said.

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Associated Press writers Sheila Kumar in Baton Rouge, La., Jeff Amy in Biloxi, Miss., Vicki Smith in Vacherie, La., and Kevin McGill in Houma, La., contributed to this report.

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  • A tree falls against a home after Hurricane Isaac passed the area in Braithwaite, La., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. While New Orleans streets were bustling again and workers were returning to offshore oil rigs, thousands of evacuees couldn't return home to flooded low-lying areas of Louisiana and more than 400,000 sweltering electricity customers in the state remained without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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    Peter Roccaforte walks through floodwaters from Hurricane Isaac at his home in Reserve, La., as some of his clothing hangs out to dry Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Floodwaters cover many streets and power remains out in some areas. Louisiana's Public Service Commission said more than 443,000 customers remained without electricity around Louisiana on Saturday morning, days after Hurricane Isaac crept across the state. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • The exits off of I-10 in Slidell, La. are flooded in the aftermath of Isaac on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael Democker) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT

  • Hurricane Isaac Hits New Orleans, Gulf Coast

    SLIDELL, LA - AUGUST 30: Residents travel through their neighborhood by jetski during flooding from Hurricane Isaac's storm surge on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain on August 30, 2012 in Slidell, Louisiana. The large Category 1 hurricane had slowly moved across southeast Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and knocking out power to Louisianans in scattered parts of the state. The weather system has now been downgraded to a tropical storm but is still producing heavy rains and flooding as it moves north. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Anthony Segrave rides in his boat as he leaves his son's flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac in Slidell, La., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Isaac is now a tropical depression and the center was on track to cross Arkansas on Friday and southern Missouri on Friday night, spreading rain as it goes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Homes in LaPlace, La., west of US 51 and south of I-10, are covered in floodwaters in the aftermath of Isaac on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Isaac hovered over Louisiana for a third day Thursday, shedding more than a foot of additional rain that forced authorities to hurriedly evacuate areas ahead of the storm and rescue hundreds of people who could not escape as the rapidly rising waters swallowed entire neighborhoods. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Michael Democker) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT

  • An intentional levy breach that was created to alleviate trapped floodwater is seen in the community of Braithwaite, La., in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Tony Rodriguez, right, carries his baby daughter Nicole as they and his wife Jodi Clelland leave their flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac in Slidell, La., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Isaac is now a tropical depression and the center was on track to cross Arkansas on Friday and southern Missouri on Friday night, spreading rain as it goes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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  • Flooded water surrounds homes after Isaac passed through the region, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. Isaac staggered toward central Louisiana early Thursday, its weakening winds still potent enough to drive storm surge into portions of the coast and the River Parishes between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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  • The waters of the Mississippi Sound surround a traffic sign along Coden Belt Road, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Coden, Ala. as Isaac makes landfall along the Gulf Coast. Isaac, downgraded to a tropical storm, has top sustained winds of 70 mph (112 kph), just below the hurricane threshold of 74 mph (119 kph). The storm is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west-southwest of New Orleans, where it is bringing drenching rains and fierce winds. (AP Photo/Mobile Register, G.M. Andrews MAGS OUT

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 29: A downed streetlight lies in the rain from Hurricane Isaac in the Central Business District on August 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The large Level 1 hurricane is slowly moving across southeast Louisiana, dumping large amounts of rain and knocking out power to Louisianans in scattered parts of the state. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Lights are reflected on Canal Street as a police officer patrolling the area passes a pedestrian as storm bands from Hurricane Isaac hit, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, made landfall Tuesday evening near the mouth of the Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • David Stefano

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  • Ronnie Willis

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 29: Heavy rain from Hurricane Isaac obsures the view of the Crescent City Connection Bridge over the Mississiippi River early on August 29, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The large Level 1 hurricane slowly moved across southeast Louisiana, dumping huge amounts of rain and knocking out power to Louisianans in scattered parts of the state. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Timbers smolder after a fire gutted a house on stilts in a Bay St. Louis, Miss., neighborhood after rising storm waters from Isaac prevented firemen from responding quickly with their trucks Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. First responders used an airboat to reach the house in order to make sure the flames did not affect any neighboring homes. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

  • Waves tear apart a pier along the Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Alabama took a glancing blow from Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday as it headed toward landfall in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, but the storm still threatened the coast with high winds, torrential rain and pounding surf. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Bay St. Louis, Miss., first responders brave a driving rain storm as they use an airboat to reach a house fire in a flooded subdivision, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. After several attempts to reach the house fire, flooded streets forced the fire fighters to use the airboat. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

  • A woman stands on a partially submerged picnic bench in the storm surge from Isaac, on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm approaches landfall, in New Orleans, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Waves tear apart a pier along Mobile Bay near Dauphin Island on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Coden, Ala. Alabama took a glancing blow from Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday as it headed toward landfall in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, but the storm still threatened the coast with high winds, torrential rain and pounding surf. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • First responders seek the assistance of a City of Bay St. Louis, Miss., dump truck to tow their airboat back to their launch site after running aground Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Isaac's rainfall flooded a number of streets in this Bay St. Louis, Miss., neighborhood preventing firemen from using their fire trucks. First responders used an airboat to reach a burning house in order to make sure the flames did not affect any neighboring homes. (AP Photo/Holbrook Mohr)

  • Alex, left, and Adam ,three-month-old Chihuahua puppies, play in their new kennel at the Houston SPCA on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in Houston. These two were among 70 cats and dogs that were evacuated from St. Bernard Parish Animal Control in anticipation of Hurricane Isaac. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, J. Patric Schneider)

  • Debris from crashing waves lies strewn over the parkway going to Dauphin Island forcing a closure to the island on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Coden, Ala. Alabama took a glancing blow from Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday as it headed toward landfall in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, but the storm still threatened the coast with high winds, torrential rain and pounding surf. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Debris lies strewn over the parkway going to Dauphin Island forcing a closure to the island on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 in Coden, Ala. Alabama took a glancing blow from Hurricane Isaac on Tuesday as it headed toward landfall in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, but the storm still threatened the coast with high winds, torrential rain and pounding surf. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Dillard University students stay at the shelter in the gym of Centenary Colleges as they evacuated from New Orleans because of hurricane Isaac Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2012 in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/The Times, Henrietta Wildsmith)

  • The Waterfront Seafood company is flooded as water covers Shell Belt Road in Bayou La Batre, Ala. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac became a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday with winds of 75 mph. It could get stronger by the time it's expected to reach the swampy coast of southeast Louisiana. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

  • Teresa Ragas, left, and her husband Bertrand Ragas, of Port Sulphur, La., lie side-by-side in cots at an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., due to the impending landfall of Isaac, which is expected reach the region as a hurricane this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac became a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday with winds of 75 mph. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • A concerned neighbor checks on a car as a storm surge from Isaac pushes into Panama City, Fla. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The News Herald/Panama City, Fla., Andrew Wardlow) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart updates Isaac to a category one hurricane at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center warned that Isaac, especially if it strikes at high tide, could cause storm surges of up to 12 feet (3.6 meters) along the coasts of southeast Louisiana and Mississippi and up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) as far away as the Florida Panhandle. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Michelle Hice, Tommy Leonard

    Animal control officer Michelle Hice puts a temporary identification collar on "Snuggles,' as evacuee Tommy Leonard hands him over for safe keeping, at an evacuation shelter in Belle Chasse, La., due to the impending landfall of Isaac, which is expected reach the region as a hurricane this evening, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac became a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday with winds of 75 mph. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)



According to BBC News, the U.S. Geological Survey found that "The storm surge ahead of Hurricane Isaac made the Mississippi River run backwards for 24 hours."

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National Hurricane Center issued the following advisory at 4 p.m. CDT:

...TROPICAL DEPRESSION ISAAC BRINGING HEAVY RAINFALL AND THE THREAT OF FLASH FLOODING TO THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY...

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@ The_Gambit : The city just announced a water boil advisory for Venetian Isles, in effect until further notice.

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@ jimwxgator : More MAJOR flooding from Isaac today in Pine Bluff, AR. via @KATV_Weather: http://t.co/9SWtF75p

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@ NOLAnews : Isaac's floodwaters should start to recede in St. Tammany Parish http://t.co/IvG0v4UY

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@ NOLAnews : Isaac evacuees database available for St. John Parish families http://t.co/BegMKyc4

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@ chadmyerscnn : #Isaac is now a trop. depression. Winds to 35mph. Lingering storms coming in from the Gulf may have higher gusts or tornadoes.

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@ wunderground : Over 1 million people without power in LA/MS due to #Isaac.

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@ AP : BREAKING: Crews begin breaching levee stressed by Isaac flooding in La.'s hard-hit Plaquemines Parish: http://t.co/Z53F2Omf

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@ NOLAnews : Controlled release of water from Tangipahoa Lake in Miss. begins http://t.co/Cxrzf6h7

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Curfew has been lifted in New Orleans.

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@ twc_hurricane : Tornado warning: southeast Kemper, northeast Lauderdale counties in eastern MS until 2:30pm. Details: http://t.co/yaxQlZkQ #Isaac

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@ NOLAnews : Plaquemines sheriff swept away, saved in dramatic Hurricane #Isaac rescue - http://t.co/7dzVpP51

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@ twc_hurricane : Flash flood warning: St Charles & St John The Baptist parishes in Louisiana until 4:15pm CDT. Details: http://t.co/4wheT4cj

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@ NOLAnews : Miss. officials to breach Isaac-damaged dam on Tangipahoa River - http://t.co/uG8ir7xK

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@ twc_hurricane : Tropical Storm Isaac: 1 PM CT, 40 mph winds, 992 mb, moving NNW at 9 mph. http://t.co/yJDeDChu

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@ Jmoon901 : RT @NOLAnews: LSU officials decide to reopen Baton Rouge campus for classes on Friday http://t.co/OR01ZGlv

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From Tangipahoa.org:

MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS DAMAGED BUT HAS NOT FAILED. OUT OF CAUTION, TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS CONTINUES TO CALL FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows: Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL AND PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS HAVE CALLED A 2PM PRESS CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH COUNCIL CHAMBERS AT 206 EAST MULBERRY ST IN AMTE, LOUISIANA.

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MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HAS NOTIFIED GOHSEP AND TANGIPAHOA PARISH GOVERNMENT THAT THE DAM AT LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUINN STATE PARK IS FAILING. TANGIPAHOA PARISH PRESIDENT GORDON BURGESS IS CALLING FOR A MANDATORY EVACUATION OF ALL AREAS ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER.

Shelter locations are as follows: Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School, and Kentwood High Magnet School.

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@ MikePerlstein : Landrieu: NOLA has largest police presence on the street since Katrina: 2,900 cops, troopers and Nat'l Guard troops.

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@ twc_hurricane : Tornado warning: northeastern Choctaw County in southwest Alabama until 12:45pm CDT. Details: http://t.co/rgwzMMXX #Isaac

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@ twc_hurricane : Flash flood warning: Mobile and Washington counties in AL until 5:45pm CDT. This includes the city of Mobile. #Isaac

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"But levees alone won't protect our people."

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@ The_Gambit : Jindal: Tangipahoa levee has not been breached, despite earlier reports. If breached, 90 minutes to flooding in Kentwood, La.

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Jindal: "Every storm is different. Just because your house didn't flood last time doesn't mean it won't flood this time."

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Jindal: Up to 60,000 in evacuation zone

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@ WAFB : Here is a pic of the dam in Pike County, MS. http://t.co/BNO8mQHB http://t.co/FEZaDAMl

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