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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, United States Coast Guard:
"We are quite concerned about this storm. It remains a very dangerous storm. Particularly in regards to the amount of water that could be dropped in those areas, in an already full river basin."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, United States Coast Guard:
"Many of you know we have already responded to requests for help particularly in Terrebonne Parish. This morning, we had a number of people stranded. We were able to launch two of our helicopters working alongside some of the parish officials and one of our surface assets to make the rescue of those people."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, United States Coast Guard:
"Although we were able to conduct search and rescue operations this morning in advance of landfall, our ability to do so will deteriorate as this storm continues to come ashore. And although we are absolutely the best at conducting search and rescue from the air and from the surface and we can do so in some really challenging conditions, there certainly are conditions where it's not safe to put our air crews and our boat crews at jeopardy and there will be a period of time where we will not be available to execute search and rescue."
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, United States Coast Guard:
"In daylight, if you're stuck on your roof and your healthy and we have the availability, we'll come get you. At nighttime, particularly if the rains are still high and it's raining, it's probably going to be a critical medical situation that we're going to weigh in terms of risk versus reward."
The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued a number of people stranded in their homes in Louisiana because of life-threatening storm conditions.
Rear Admiral Paul Thomas of the Eighth Coast Guard District told a midday news conference Saturday that one person with a heart problem had been rescued and that a second person in need of a medical evacuation was in the process of being rescued.
He said the ability to perform search and rescue would deteriorate as the storm continues to move ashore.
Risks include trying to extricate people stranded in urban settings where helicopters have to negotiate between trees, buildings, and other obstructions.