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The storm has passed, but the destruction done by Hurricane Katrina has become the new reality for Gulf Coast residents. The U.S. Coast Guard is among the agencies and services assessing the damage and conducting search-and-rescue operations.
U.S. Navy to the rescue
The U.S. Navy is sending ships to provide relief to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima is one of four ships that will deliver six disaster-relief teams with amphibious construction equipment, medical personnel and supplies.