Mitt Romney says he went to Louisiana today to learn, and to draw attention to the plight of residents who've been flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Isaac.

On his first trip after the Republican National Convention, Romney met along a highway with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and talked about the challenges facing the stricken area. His motorcade inched through water that, at some points, was a foot or more deep.

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Isaac has left more than 800,000 in Louisiana people without power.

At one point, Romney and Jindal talked to a man in waders and a straw hat who was holding a neon yellow sign that read, "Mitt Is Our Man." The man complained about the area's lack of protection from flooding.

With Romney in Louisiana, running mate Paul Ryan traveled solo to the key battleground state of Virginia, telling supporters in Richmond that after four years of economic troubles, it was time for a change.

Jindal: 70 pct of floodwater will soon be out

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says officials expect to soon have 70 percent of the water out of an area of Plaquemines Parish that flooded after being hit by Isaac.

Jindal credits the development to a change in wind direction and the intentional breach of a levee there Thursday.

More than 100 people had to be rescued from flooding in the area south of New Orleans after Isaac made landfall Tuesday evening.

 

 

Jindal also said Friday that Mississippi's work to alleviate pressure on a dam on Lake Tangipahoa appeared to be working. Fears that the dam could fail prompted evacuations in Louisiana on Thursday.

The remainder of the storm, meanwhile, is still a powerful system bringing rain and the threat of flash flooding from Arkansas into Missouri and then up the Ohio River valley over the weekend.

Isaac promises drought relief, lousy holiday

Residents in the drought-stricken Midwest have been begging for rain, but many are watching the soggy approach of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac with mixed emotions: Did it have to ruin the end-of-summer party?

The storm is expected to drop several inches of rain over parts of Midwest this weekend, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Residents have been canceling camping trips, high school football games and even a parade in Indianapolis.

Chesterfield, Mo., canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show because drought had created a danger of fire. Now, officials are cancelling the rescheduled show because of rain. City of Chesterfield spokeswoman Libbey Tucke says they've been joking they'll probably have snow on the next date they pick.


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