New Orleans braces for Hurricane Isaac (PHOTOS)

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A group of men sit on a bench at the edge of Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Chris Graythen

New Orleans braces for Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

With a state of emergency declared in Mississippi and Louisiana, the powerful Category 1 hurricane touched the Gulf Coast with storm surges up to 12 feet and top winds at 75 miles per hour, according to Reuters.

Officials said the multi billion-dollar barriers in New Orleans held as the hurricane drove water over the levee.

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    Joseph Simpson rests on his cot in the hurricane shelter at the Belle Chasse Auditorium on August 27, 2012 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Plaquemines Parish animal control picks up a dog at the hurricane shelter at the Belle Chasse Auditorium on August 27, 2012 in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu (3rd R) speaks to the media as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (3rd L) listens during a press conference on Hurricane Isaac at the New Orleans City Hall on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Bourbon street remains virtually empty ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    A worker attaches plywood to the window of his shop ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    A sign in the French Quarter asks shoppers to return another day ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac on August 27, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    A man sits on a bench watching the waves on Lake Pontchatrain from Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Buddy the dog wears a life vest while walking on the levee near Lake Pontchatrain during Hurriane Isaac on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    The pumping stations at the 17th street canal wait for the surge of rain and water from Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Louisiana National Guard soldiers keep watch in front of the Louisiana Superdome on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Mario Tama

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    Sandbags protect a storefront on Canal Street in preparation for Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans braces for the approach of Hurricane Isaac.

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    Mario Tama

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    Louisiana National Guard soldiers keep watch in front of the Louisiana Superdome as a man bicycles past on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Mario Tama

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    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)receive an update on the status of the pumping station at the 17th Street Canal during Hurricane Isaac on August 28, 2012 in Metairie, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Kevin Johnson clears debris for a client in the French Quarter who was concerned the debris might cause damage in high winds on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Mario Tama

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    People make their way across Canal Street on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Mario Tama

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    Joshua Keegan and his dog Scout swim in the rising water of Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    Matthew Pettus holds a sheet open in the wind on the levee near Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    A group of men sit on a bench at the edge of Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Chris Graythen

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    A National Guard Humvee patrols in the French Quarter on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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    Mario Tama

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    Evan Stoudt faces strong winds while visiting the banks of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans on August 28, 2012 in Louisiana, where Hurricane Isaac has made landfall. The US National Hurricane Center said a "dangerous storm surge" was occurring along the northern Gulf Coast with storm surges of up to eight feet (2.4 meters) already being reported in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida.

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    FREDERIC J. BROWN

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    People brave the rain and strong winds for a walk along the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans on August 28, 2012 in Louisiana, where Hurricane Isaac made landfall. States of emergency have been declared in Louisiana and Mississippi, allowing authorities to coordinate disaster relief and seek emergency federal funds.

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    Heavy rain from Hurricane Isaac obscures the view of the Crescent City Connection Bridge over the Mississippi 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.

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