N.O. residents prepping for Isaac

Hurricane Isaac due to hit 7 years after Hurricane Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - People in New Orleans are just beginning to feel the effects of Hurricane Isaac as it slowly makes its way toward land.

Residents there spent much of Tuesday talking about the Mississippi River -- and the levees that failed to contain it seven years ago during Hurricane Katrina.

Still, many are comparatively optimistic about Hurricane Isaac.

Joshua Grisham said his plan, like other residents of the Crescent City, is just to ride it out.

Chavez McClain said he, however, will be keeping his eye on the levees.

"I don’t know what caued them to break the last time," he said. "There’s so many questions (that have) been asked. Why did the water pour over?”

The last time the water poured over the levees, Maurice Phillips said he had left town. He said he’s left the city several times before as storms approached -- but is staying put for Isaac.

"This one didn’t seem that major to me," he said.

But while that might be the prevailing opinion among the locals, others around town seem to be taking Hurricane Isaac a bit more seriously.

Empty streets in a normally busy downtown speak volumes.

“I think it’s about 50-50," said Ian Wolf. "I think some people been left, some people leaving, and some people going to wait it out even at their house.”

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