Katrina shakes up flood insurance

Even in the aftermath of two major hurricanes — one, Katrina, that barely missed St. Charles Parish — many local residents are still not heading the warnings of purchasing flood insurance, especially those living in Zone X, areas that are determined by the federal government to be out of the 500-year plain. Most importantly, those living in Zone X are not required to buy flood insurance. […]


Insurance issues swamping hurricane victims

Profits come before customers, say some
BATON ROUGE — Only during this period of Louisiana’s long history would Al Trautman be able to tell his story with little or no shock value.

People listen to his tale out of kindness, mind you, but it’s a yarn they’ve heard repeated all so often since last fall. You see, Trautman can actually stand in his bedroom and enjoy a panoramic view of his backyard. […]