The very latest from Waveland, MS (Hurricane Katrina stuff)

There’s apparently some sort of lawsuit going on between the state of Mississippi and the insurance companies.  A claims adjuster came to my parents’ house yesterday and surveyed the damage.  He said that the insurance companies are requiring home owners to have both flood insurance and not just hurricane insurance.  Now, my parents’ house has never seen a flood in the past 50 years (beyond that I don’t think the house was built).  And here comes a hurricane and all of a sudden we’re now affected by a flood?   So, the state of Mississippi is claiming all of the houses were affected by “Wind-driven water.”  Sigh.  Please keep your fingers crossed for all the families in this area that they get their insurance money.

FEMA is also down there now, handing out MREs.  A local restaurant “Waveland Café”, near where the very, very old TGnY and Nationals used to be (I think it is called the Farmer’s Market now), is serving hot meals to everyone.

A Florida police department has donated 8 or 10 police cars to Waveland, with painted logos and such.

My parents are flying out to visit me on Thursday night for 4 nights.  We had made the plans a couple months back, and New Orleans International has opened and is allowing flights out.  Wow.  I have to remember to bring coats in the car for them, since they are used to that 90 degree Mississippi Summer weather.  

More info as I get it.  I’m expecting another CD of more photos on it, so stay tuned.

Comments (4)

  1. Dave Hasling says:

    Just got back from my parents house last week. Inside of their home looked pretty much like your pictures, minus the water. I waited about ten days before I went down to salvage some items for my Mom. Did pretty good as I recovered all of her china, silver etc. Pictures took a major league beating because all were submerged for so long. All of the furniture is ruined, but can be replaced. Not sure the house is salvageable.

  2. Ethan Zlomke says:

    The reason for the flood insurance is that flood insurance is given out?/subsidized? (whatever the term) by the federal government and therefore if your parent’s house was damaged in a flood the insurance company doesn’t have to pay out anything. There will probably be a lot of lawsuits, with insurance companies (and reinsurers) trying to get out of paying – after all, most of New Orleans was flooded (even though it was also damaged by high, sustained winds). Sigh, don’t we all love how much insurers take care of us?

  3. says:

    I wish you all well. I was there with a team from Florida Hospital Safety Dept from Orlando mid Sept. I do not think any words are adequate to describe what you have endured. We were at the Fred’s parking lot handing out supplies and trying to help coordinate getting the army showers set up. I pray for you all and wish you good luck! God bless. Stay Strong! Sincerest well wishes…Kelly