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Law Firm Learns From First-Hand Hurricane Experience

Written by  DON A. CHAMPAGNE & ANDREW BARNES Monday, 02 May 2011 15:27

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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