PLAQUEMINES PARISH, La. — As thousands of Louisiana residents evacuated ahead of Hurricane Isaac, Texas City resident Jay Carnes ventured into the teeth of the storm. The longtime weather fan continued a 30-year “hobby” of chasing hurricanes and found himself surrounded by floodwaters just outside of New Orleans on Wednesday.
“Yeah, I screwed up,” said Carnes, owner of Carnes Funeral Home. “I went past a levee as it was topped and figured I could get back toward New Orleans. By the time I got back, water was 8 feet deep.
“So it looks as if I am stuck in Plaquemines Parish for the next few days.”
Carnes, 45, said he’s seen plenty of flooded homes, dead animals and lots of submerged cars.
In one case, he saw a man wading through deep water carrying all that he could. Carnes offered him a ride to high ground.
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