Hurricane Isaac strengthened from a tropical storm that moved past Tampa into a Category 1 hurricane that pummeled the Gulf Coast. The rain was heavy but slow moving, causing flooding and much damage to Louisiana and Mississippi.
New Orleans’ Audubon Park recorded 18.7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, which far surpassed any other record dating back to 1871. Many did not expect that a Category 1 would dump as much water as it did.
Sadly, four people in the U.S. died in the hurricane, and over 500,000 homes and businesses in New Orleans were without power and air conditioning for days as temperatures neared triple digits. Additionally, thousands of people had to be rescued, and more than 5,000 people ended up in Louisiana shelters.
Authorities are reporting that the storm will cause an estimated $700 million to $2 billion in insured losses. Although Hurricane Isaac will not be one of the nation’s most costly hurricanes, it still caused serious damage that will result in many residential insurance claims.
The town of Slidell, northeast of New Orleans, received the brunt of the storm causing neighborhoods to be under a foot of water. Many people lost everything from the flood damage that occurred to their homes. Trees fell down onto cars and roofs of homes, and the storm caused serious property damage.
Hurricane Isaac hit the New Orleans area on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the area and killed over 1,800 people. As Katrina swept through with winds over 135 mph, Isaac only brought winds of at least 74 mph; however, even these winds caused people to evacuate and flooding to occur. In this case, water was far worse than the wind because the storm continued to dump rain and flood low-lying coastal areas in Louisiana, Mississippi and the Florida Panhandle.
As a Gulf Coast insurance claim lawyer, we wish all victims of the hurricane the best with their efforts of rebuilding and repairing their homes and businesses, and can help with property damage insurance claims.