Army to remain on alert in New Orleans for up to 24 hours

  • The US Army says it expects to remain on high alert in New Orleans for the next 12 to 24 hours
  • A pumping station which briefly stopped working is now functioning again
  • The system was given extensive repairs following catastrophic failures when Katrina hit in 2005

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Storm Isaac to be downgraded

Tropical storm Isaac is forecast to become a tropical depression by the National Hurricane Centre later today. The Mayor of New Orleans has enforced a dawn-to-dusk curfew as Isaac continues to lash the city.