New Orleans braces for Hurricane Isaac (PHOTOS)

A group of men sit on a bench at the edge of Lake Pontchatrain as Hurricane Isaac approaches on August 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Orleans braces for Hurricane Isaac on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

With a state of emergency declared in Mississippi and Louisiana, the powerful Category 1 hurricane touched the Gulf Coast with storm surges up to 12 feet and top winds at 75 miles per hour, according to Reuters.

Officials said the multi billion-dollar barriers in New Orleans held as the hurricane drove water over the levee.