GRAND ISLE, La. — Wind-driven water and high tides forced about 3,000 people from their homes in low-lying coastal areas of Louisiana on Sunday.
"Most of our people got out earlier," a city spokeswoman said. "The water's still rising, coming in fast in some areas. It may be another 24 to 72 hours before anybody gets to go home."
Grand Isle is Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, connected to the mainland by a two-lane highway that was under about 2 feet of water Sunday afternoon, state police said.
"Anybody still on the island is now stuck," one trooper said. "Nobody's going in or out for a while."
In St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, east and southeast of New Orleans, residents of several small communities outside the mainline levees began evacuating Saturday night, a parish spokesmen said.