Gustav blew through Louisiana, heads towards Texas

Carlos LaBlanc
Carlos LaBlanc
Bobby India
Bobby India

By Jay Gray

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (KHNL) - Hurricane Gustav came ashore, packing winds over 100 miles per hour.

At least three people are reported dead in Louisiana. The storm surge sent water crashing over the walls of the industrial canal, along the 9th ward in new Orleans.

The levees seemed to hold up in most areas, although water was leaking through some cracks.

The storm is now heading towards Texas where President Bush is monitoring the federal government's response.

"They symbolize the thousands that will help. And my call to our fellow citizens is that, find out how you can help," said President Bush.

Driving rains and gusting winds, a final shot from Gustav in New Orleans.

"The Lord in all his grace and all his might has spared New Orleans," said New Orleans resident Carlos LaBlanc.

The city took only a glancing blown from this storm, but a shot hard enough to raise concerns about the fragile flood walls and levees here.

"We are worried about the overtopping of levees," said Louisiana governor Bobby India. Anytime you have you have got overtopping of a levee, you have got to be concerned about the risk to property.

That worry gave way to work to the south. Crews rushed to repair a levee in St. Bernard Parish, patching the bottom and sandbagging the top to try to stop the flow of water.

"The sooner these winds die down and the sooner these winds can turn around, that can help push the water back out," said St. Bernard Parish president Craig Taffaro.

Southwest Louisiana took the hardest hit from Gustav. In Houma, signs were ripped and tossed by the wind. Trees uprooted. Power lines were snapped across the state. Close to a million people still do not have electricity here.

As conditions began to ease a bit, the focus turns to search and rescue.

"Our first concern is saving people's lives."

And cleaning up what Gustav has left behind.