As Gulf Coast states began to assess the damage from Hurricane Isaac, photos and video started to trickle in of the devastation.
Although the death toll has been minimal compared to Hurricane Katrina, fatalities have occurred, and damage was extensive in some regions.
Rising floodwaters from Isaac have forced thousands of evacuations, catching many by surprise, reported the Associated Press. Pictures of Isaac's impact reveal residents and homes caught in flood conditions. Up to half of Louisiana was left powerless on Thursday, and hundreds of thousands were in the dark in Mississippi.
Late Wednesday night, President Obama signed disaster declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi, freeing up federal aid for the regions.
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LAKELAND, Fla. — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will head to Louisiana to tour damage from Hurricane Isaac.
Romney has scheduled a last-minute visit Friday to Lafitte, La., where he will tour damage with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The storm canceled the first day of Romney's Republican convention, and his campaign has been considering a visit for several days.
Romney is scrapping an appearance in Virginia to go to Louisiana instead.
Heavy rains and flooding have contributed to at least five deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi this week after the slow-moving storm knocked out power in whole neighborhoods.
In Louisiana, Romney will thank emergency first responders for their work