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La. limps back to normal as Isaac moves on

BRAITHWAITE, La. -- Authorities say the bodies of a man and a woman have been found in a home in this flood-ravaged community.

Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, said deputies went out to search for the couple Thursday evening after someone reported they had apparently not escaped Braithwaite's flooding after Hurricane Isaac pummeled the Gulf Coast.

Isaac's death toll is now at least six in Louisiana and Mississippi, including a 75-year-old Slidell, La., man who drowned after his SUV fell from a flooded highway up-ramp into 9 feet of water Thursday evening.

Meanwhile Friday, floodwaters from Isaac receded, power came on and businesses opened ahead of the holiday weekend, the beginning of what is certain to be a slow recovery for Louisiana.

The leftovers from the storm pushed into the drought-stricken Midwest, knocking out power to thousands of people in Arkansas.

In Mississippi, officials pumped and released water from a reservoir, easing the pressure behind an Isaac-stressed dam on the Louisiana border. The threat for the earthen dam on Lake Tangipahoa prompted evacuations in small towns and rural areas.

In New Orleans, at the Magnolia Discount Gas Station in the Carrollton neighborhood, employee Gadeaon Fentessa said up to 50 drivers an hour were pulling in, hopeful they could pump. He had the gas, but no power. Stations that did have power to pump had long lines.

The Mississippi River reopened to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed on Monday as Isaac approached.

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