Hurricane Isaac: Massive Evacuation Underway

Thousands were evacuated and more than a million have lost power because of the storm.
3:00 | 08/30/12

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from this flooded area here. Massive evacuation effort is still under foot. 1,500 people being evacuated. They've been brought here. But the scariest part is there's 1,500 other people, the national guard, the sheriffs are trying to extricate out of there. The water coming up much faster, much higher than many expected. This morning, more than 1,500 people pulled from their homes. More than 1,000 waiting for rescue, as flash floods roared into la place. The governor sending national guardsmen, sheriff's deputies, scores of boats and buses. As it did for many year, the water took this family by surprise. We had maybe three feet of water inside. It was crazy. We are waiting to find out if they have found the dog. Reporter: Huddled and wet, they fled for shelter. It's been a long wait. Reporter: Taking only the things they could carry, including beloved pets. A fleet of dozens of buses waiting to carry evacuees to safety. Command posts thrown up overnight to handle the local disaster. Locals calling this, their own little katrina. Katrina wasn't nowhere near this. The water has nowhere to go. Reporter: Rescuers slogging through the night, going house-to-house. And local residents riding in flat-bottom boats in the stinging rain, helping stranded neighbors. Now, a lot of folks that we saw here came with nothing with them. They came in barefoot. They didn't have time to gather everything they needed. Most people chose to take their pets with them.

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