South of New Orleans, Nate spares parish devastated by Hurricane Katrina

South of New Orleans, Nate spares parish devastated by Hurricane KatrinaBy Jessica Resnick-Ault BELLE CHASSE, La. (Reuters) – Residents of Louisiana’s lower Plaquemines Parish, the swampy peninsula that shadows the Mississippi River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico, know Nate let them off very easy, certainly when compared with hurricanes of years past. As the Category 1 storm approached this weekend, memories of the devastation of Katrina 12 years ago, and to a lesser extent, Issac in 2012, loomed large in the scattered hamlets that cling to the few spots of terra firma that line the river south of New Orleans. “I had prayed for this – that we would be spared,” said Amos Cormier, president of the parish, Louisiana’s equivalent to a county.



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