Viewpoint: September 4, 2012

It's been a tough few days for south Louisiana as Hurricane Isaac left its mark, flooding homes that in some cases never flooded before. Once again, we saw the unpredictable and destructive impact of a storm that wobbled its way toward our communities, leaving the National Hurricane Center's best models pointing in opposite directions.

We saw Isaac stall as it was making landfall, dumping massive amounts of rain, pushing high water into rivers and lakes, flooding communities where people thought they were safe. It's not uncommon to hear someone say, "I didn't leave because it was only a category one."

Maybe after Isaac, people will think differently. We live in a state that continues to be vulnerable to hurricanes. Coastal islands and marsh that once acted as speed bumps to slow surge, are disappearing. Isaac has taught us a tough lesson. The effects of a hurricane are still unpredictable and even a category one storm can be devastating.