Danessa Lee, left, comforts her granddaughter Ashanti Lee, 12, after their family was rescued in Pearlington, Miss., by law enforcement officers and first responders using boats, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, during the nonstop rain from Isaac. A number of residents of the small community were trapped by the rising waters and had be rescued or waited until the low tide when waters receded so they could walk out. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Gallery: More photos from Hurricane Isaac
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.