A man rides his bike through New Orleans' deserted French Quarter, as Hurricane Ivan approaches the Gulf Coast, Sept. 15, 2004.
Louisiana Air National Guard 1st Sgt. Jo Peyregne prepares supplies at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sept. 15, 2004. The Superdome was opened as a shelter for people with special medical needs seeking safety from Hurricane Ivan.
A New Orleans-area resident is transported to the Louisiana Superdome as Louisiana National Guard personnel walk by, Sept. 15, 2004, in New Orleans.
Keith Jackson and Mattie Howard, pushing a stroller, walk to the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sept. 15, 2004. Jackson and Howard are homeless and sought shelter from approaching Hurricane Ivan. The Superdome was only opening to people with special needs, so they were taken to another shelter close by.
Kathy Dubose walks her three horses at Ike Hamilton Pavilion in West Monroe, La., Sept. 15, 2004. Dubose and her husband, Jamey, were staying in the Northeast Louisiana city as Hurricane Ivan approached.
East Jefferson Levee District workers Kerry Migliore, right, and Lewis Frabbiele help guide sandbags into place along Airline Parkway as they work to secure the levee before Hurricane Ivan makes landfall, Sept. 15, 2004, in New Orleans.
Kent Broussard places patio furniture into an above ground pool that was being filled with water, at his uncle's home in Cypremort Point, La., Sept. 14, 2004.
A spray-painted message is left for Hurricane Ivan on the boarded-up front door of The Brick House bar and nightclub in Houma, La., Sept. 14, 2004.
Residents fill up sandbags in Houma, La., in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ivan, Sept. 14, 2004.
Motorists leave New Orleans on Interstate 10, Sept. 14, 2004. Warning that Hurricane Ivan will bring at least tropical storm-strength winds to the New Orleans area, officials urged residents to evacuate the region.
People walk past the Corner Oyster Bar and Grill in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Sept. 14, 2004. The bar was boarding up in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Ivan, however its owners planned on staying open as long as possible.
Henry Newton, left, helps Bryan Favorite, on ladder, board up K-Paul's restaurant in preparation for the possible arrival of Hurricane Ivan, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Sept. 14, 2004.
Motorists squeeze into a Murphy USA gas station in Houma, La., to fill their tanks in preparation for Hurricane Ivan, Sept. 13, 2004.
Daniel Bergeron boards up the windows on his parents' home in east Houma, La., in preparation for Hurricane Ivan, Sept. 13, 2004.
Cotton is unloaded on a farm near Alexandria, La., Sept. 13, 2004. Some area farmers began harvesting early when they saw Hurricane Ivan near the Gulf of Mexico.
Empty shelves and a sign saying there is no more bottled water are seen at a Wal-Mart store in Hammond, La., Sept. 13, 2004. Storm-wary residents of low-lying coastal Louisiana stocked up on emergency supplies and made plans to evacuate as Hurricane Ivan moved slowly toward an unpredictable landfall along the Gulf Coast.