Toccara Williams, of Davant, La., hands their 5-month-old daughter Ra-Maaz Williams to her husband, Romaule Williams Jr., at an evacuation shelter after Isaac made landfall as a Hurricane, in Belle Chasse, La., Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory evacuation for the west bank of the Mississippi below Belle Chasse because of worries about a storm surge. The order affected about 3,000 people, including a nursing home with 112 residents. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Aug. 30, 2012 @ 11:37 AM
Hurricane Isaac poured unrelenting rain Thursday, flooding areas north and south of New Orleans even as the city's fortified defenses held and forcing officials to launch speedy evacuation and rescue efforts in the face of fast-rising waters.