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A house at the corner of N. Miro and Columbus Streets in New Orleans collapsed during the height of the Hurricane Isaac destroying three vehicles that where parked alongside it, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, David Grunfeld)

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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.