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Louisiana man makes trip to his flooded home to rescue cat, bridesmaid dress

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In the foreground is a sign marking the waterline from Hurricane Katrina in Don Duplantier's home in Braithwaite, La., on Sept. 2., but floodwaters from Isaac went all the way up to the second floor. Duplantier retrieved his cat and collected his daughter's bridesmaid dress for the upcoming wedding of his son.

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A statue of St. Francis of Assisi is displayed on a mud-covered countertop.

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The flooded ground floor of the home of Don Duplantier is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.

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Don Duplantier walks through his flooded home.

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Don Duplantier puts his cat Lovey into a kennel on the flooded second floor of his home.

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Don Duplantier holds his cat 'Lovey' as he prepares to transport him from his flooded home. More than 200,000 people across Louisiana still didn't have any power five days after Hurricane Isaac ravaged the state. Thousands of evacuees remained at shelters or bunked with friends or relatives.

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Lovey meows from its kennel.

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Don Duplantier paddles a pirogue from his flooded home.

As residents in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas began surveying the damage to their homes, remnants of Isaac pushed their way north, spinning off tornadoes in southeast Missouri and threatening flash-flooding in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky.

On Sunday morning nearly 265,000 customers in Louisiana, 13,000 in Mississippi and 7,300 in Arkansas remained without power, according to The Weather Channel.

Isaac was the first hurricane to strike the United States this year and it hit the New Orleans area almost exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, causing an estimated 1,800 deaths.

Reported by NBC News staff and wire services.

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