Obama to visit storm-ravaged Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- President Barack Obama will visit storm-ravaged Louisiana on Monday, a day ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

The White House says he'll meet with local officials, tour damage and view response and recovery efforts before addressing reporters at Saint John the Baptist Parish.

Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, visited Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Slidell, La., on Sunday.

Napolitano said "We are part of a team to make sure Hurricane Isaac is put to rest as soon as we can for all those affected." She added that "all of us are thinking about those in Louisiana who are without their homes or without their businesses."

Much of Plaquemines (PLAK'-uh-minz) Parish is still covered with floodwater and more than 200,000 people across Louisiana still don't have any power, five days after Hurricane Isaac ravaged the state. Also, thousands of evacuees remain at shelters or are bunking with friends or relatives.

Meanwhile, officials north of Lake Pontchartrain are keeping a wary eye on swollen waterways. Officials say the West Pearl River is in danger of flooding and as many as 5,000 homes could be affected.

There are signs of progress however. Much of New Orleans has electricity, but work crews continue to deal with toppled trees and downed power lines.

At least seven people were killed in the storm in the U.S. -- five in Louisiana and two in Mississippi.

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