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Law Firm Learns From First-Hand Hurricane Experience

Written by  DON A. CHAMPAGNE & ANDREW BARNES May 2, 2011

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active in recorded history. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of the United States as a Category 5 storm, ultimately becoming the costliest and one of the five most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. The toll stands at more than 1,800 lives lost and upwards of $81 billion dollars in damages.That season also saw Hurricane Rita, the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded and the most powerful tropical cyclone observed in the Gulf of Mexico. Rita made landfall in late September as a Category 3 storm. New Orleans had just started the painstaking recovery process, and evacuated residents were told to not return home. The already-collapsed levees couldn’t sustain the storm surge, causing the city major re-flooding. Rita has made history as the ninth costliest storm in U.S. history.Almost three years to the exact date of Hurricane


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