New Orleans flooding...AGAIN

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    NEW ORLEANS — Hurricane Rita's (search) 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 Guard.

    "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 larger."

    Dozens of blocks in the Ninth Ward (search) 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 (search) 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 Rita struck.



    HOUSTON, Texas — As Texas officials warned residents to prepare for the worst as Hurricane Rita (search) and her 135-mph winds prepare to come ashore, rainwater from the storm caused more flooding in New Orleans Friday just as the devastated city was drying up from Hurricane Katrina.

    "Our worst fears came true. The levee will breach if we keep on the path we are on right now, which will fill the area that was flooded earlier," said Maj. Barry Guidry with the Georgia National Guard, noting that the water was rising about three inches a minute.

    By Friday, Rita had veered slightly east Friday and was headed about 75 miles east of Houston as cars crammed with evacuees jammed major arteries leading away from the Texas coast.

    There are fears that the huge Category 4 storm also could cripple the heart of the nation's petrochemical industry that calls Texas home.

    "It's a great test for the people of our state," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday. "But we're going to get through this ... Be calm, be strong, say a prayer for Texas."

    In New Orleans, water spilled over a patched levee and was cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods. The National Guard said there are three significant breaches in the city.

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