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Fri Sep 23 15:24:40 EDT 2005
(09-23) 08:36 PDT New Orleans (AP) --
Hurricane Rita's steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a
patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying
neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans' flooding nightmare.
"Our worst fears came true," said Maj. Barry Guidry of the Georgia National
"We have three significant breaches in the levee and the water is rising
rapidly," he said. "At daybreak I found substantial breaks and they've grown
Dozens of blocks in the Ninth Ward were under water as a waterfall at least
30 feet wide poured over and through a dike that had been used to patch
breaks in the Industrial Canal levee. On the street that runs parallel to
the canal, the water ran waist-deep and was rising fast. Guidry said water
was rising about three inches a minute.
The impoverished neighborhood was one of the areas of the city hit hardest
by Katrina's floodwaters and finally had been pumped dry before Hurricane
Throughout Friday morning, water began rising again onto buckled homes,
piles of rubble and mud-caked cars that Katrina had covered with up to 20
feet of water.
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