After spotting the flying white sheet that signals a rescue, a U.S. Navy crewman prepares to airlift an unidentified person from his flooded apartment near the Interstate 10 on Monday, Sept. 5, 2005. Rescues continued for those who wanted to finally leave their home a week after Hurricane Katrina hit.
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Rescuers carry flood victims in boats to a nearby interstate onramp in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans Monday, Sept. 5, 2005. Water is still high in the area and some rescuers have decided not bring food and water to those who are determined to stay behind because they want them to leave.
In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima pulls away from her berth at Naval Station Norfolk, Aug. 31, 2005, in Norfolk, Va., enroute to New Orleans. The Pentagon is mobilizing possibly an unprecedented U.S. rescue-and-relief mission for areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
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Volunteer Mickey Monceaux lifts Vianna Dilbert, 86, as he and others help rescue flood victims from a senior citizen's apartment complex on the east side of New Orleans, Aug. 31, 2005. Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water.
A New Orleans police officer directs rescue boats at a flooded hotel in a neighborhood on the east side of New Orleans, Aug. 31, 2005.
Volunteers use boats to rescue residents from a flooded neighborhood on the east side of New Orleans Aug. 31, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina left much of the city under water.
Volunteer Mickey Monceaux, center, uses his boat and one in tow to rescue residents from a flooded neighborhood on the east side of New Orleans Aug. 31, 2005.
This phto provided Wednesday by the United State Coast Guard shows Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott D. Rady, 34, of Tampa, Fla., helping rescue a pregnant woman from her flooded New Orleans home Aug. 30, 2005. Rady is a rescue swimmer sent from Clearwater, Fla., to help aid in search-and-rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.