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A utility pole smolders after falling on power lines Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012, in Houma, La. Tropical Storm Isaac has dumped almost a foot of rain in parts of Louisiana. (AP Photo/The Houma Daily Courier, Chris Heller )

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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.