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The calm before the storm in New Orleans. As Isaac slowly churns in Gulf of Mexico and approaches hurricane strength -- shops in the city's historic French Quarter are taking no chances as ominous signs over the storm swirl overhead. Aline Preston is a resident of New Orleans 9th Ward --- decimated by hurricane Katrina in 2005. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALINE PRESTON, NEW ORLEANS NATIVE AND KATRINA VICTIM, SAYING: "Just taking no chances. As you can see (POINTS TO TROLLEY FULL OF SUPPLIES, WATER, AND SUITCASES) we packed like it's Katrina again because last time we lost everything and we are not taking any chances." It will be the first test since Katrina for the area's upgraded levee system -- 7 years to the day since the monster storm slammed into the Gulf Coast, killing 1,800 people and causing billions of dollars of damage.