JEFFERSON PARISH, La. - Seven years to the day that Hurricane Katrina and levee failures caused devastation on the Gulf Coast, Hurricane Isaac pummeled the Mississippi coast, unleashing a fury of rainfall on southern Louisiana.
Disturbingly similar to Katrina, Hurricane Isaac brought about heaps of rainfall and ruin that left Louisiana residents floating on wooden doors and grasping to hold onto the few items they had left.
Amidst the wreckage rescue crews and state officials worked all day and night to release people from where they were held captive or help to evacuate residents from their homes.
To help assist them in this task, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department had several new Ford Utility Police Interceptors in service.
“Our Utility Police Interceptor’s performed amazingly,” said Col. James McClendon, Jefferson Parish. “They were stable in 75 mph crosswinds, heavy rains and flooding. And they didn’t hydroplane.”
The department was extremely impressed and very surprised at how well the taller vehicle stood up to the punishment brought on by Hurricane Isaac.
“There was no water ingestion either, which was great!” said McClendon. “We had 20 SUV’s out in the storm that night and they all did everything they were supposed to.”
Thankfully, all Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made it home safely despite having to work in the punishing environment to bring the public to safety.
“I would recommend these vehicles to any other department,” said McClendon. “I just sold two to another department for you.”
McClendon jokingly spoke of how his discussion with a fellow police officer from Grand Isle Police Department went when they began comparing the Ford Police Interceptor to a Chevy Tahoe.
“There was no comparison,” said McClendon. “The Utility Police Interceptor was hands down the obvious choice.”