Hurricane Rita News

Texas Court Erases $13M From Jury Award for Offshore Oil Well Claim

A Texas appellate court shaved $13.6 million off of a jury’s award against Lloyds’ of London syndicates to the owner of a Gulf of Mexico oil well and platform that was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. The 1st District …

Coastal Louisiana Struggles 10 years After Hurricane Rita

Vacant slabs, weed-choked lots and solitary stairs to nowhere permeate this tiny town in southwest Louisiana. All that remains of the Klean-N-Kruise car wash is a rusted white sign overlooking an empty, overgrown lot. Residents travel 30 miles away for …

Donelon: Louisiana’s Homeowners Market Stronger 9 Years after Hurricane Katrina

Louisiana’s property insurance market is vastly improved nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the state on Aug. 29, 2005, largely due to the implementation of statewide building codes and strategies that have helped create a more competitive marketplace. “Following Hurricanes …

Rule Changes Expected to Boost Road Home Program

Federal officials have approved three policy changes to the Louisiana Road Home program that will provide relief to families who have spent at least part their grant under the program but been unable to rebuild and reoccupy homes damaged by …

Audit Says Louisiana May Owe Feds for Misspent Storm Aid

Louisiana may owe the federal government more than $115 million for disaster relief aid that was misspent or awarded to ineligible recipients after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a state audit said Monday. The legislative auditor office’s review of the Office …

Court To Notify Katrina And Rita Flood Victims on Class Action Settlement

A notification program began Monday as ordered by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to alert those affected by flooding resulting from Hurricane Katrina and/or Hurricane Rita about a proposed partial class action settlement. A previous …

Travelers Reaches Settlement With Property Owners in Louisiana

A proposed Settlement has been preliminarily approved by the court in Arthur v. The Standard Fire Insurance Co. and The Travelers Indemnity Co., No. 09-7332 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The Complaint alleges that …

Citizens Settlement OK’d Over Katrina, Rita Claims

Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. on Wednesday finalized a $20 million settlement related to claims handled after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, wrapping up one of two remaining storm-related settlements that have weighed on the company. Orleans Parish Civil District Judge …

Texas Men Charged With 2005 Hurricane Rita Fraud

Two Southeast Texas men have been charged with submitting bogus invoices to steal from government recovery programs after 2005’s Hurricane Rita. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday in Beaumont names Tony Lynn Thornton Sr. and Anthony Welborn Jones, both of Kountze. …