Gustav spares New Orleans, but not rest of Cajun country

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Hurricane Gustav may have spared the city of New Orleans, but other parts of Cajun country have been devastated.

In the low-lying parishes across Louisiana's southeastern and central coast, homes have been destroyed and areas flooded. Governor Bobby Jindal says he's received reports of widespread damage across three parishes (Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary) near where the eye of the storm hit. Helicopter crews are expected to search the area for anyone injured or killed.

The area is home to the state's oil and natural gas industries, and rig owners are heading out to inspect their installations for damage.

There are also worries about the fishing industry. One Louisiana fisherman watching television reports in an Alabama hotel lobby says he's afraid salt water from the Gulf could wipe out the delicate oyster beds he's counting on for a livelihood this fall. He spent $100,000 rebuilding his 47-foot fishing boat after Katrina, and says it'll be "a week or two" before he'll be able to tell.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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