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01-10-08, 05:26 PM #1
Katrina's Victims Demand Huge Checks
Katrina's Victims Demand Huge Checks
NEW ORLEANS (Jan. 9) -- Hurricane Katrina's victims have put a price tag on their suffering and it is staggering — including one plaintiff seeking the unlikely sum of $3 quadrillion.
A whopping $3,014,170,389,176,410 is the dollar figure so far sought from some of the largest claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane.
Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina flow through a broken levee Aug. 30, 2005, in New Orleans. Storm victims have filed nearly 500,000 claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over levee failures during Katrina. One claim seeks $3 quadrillion in damages.
Of roughly 489,000 total claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.
"That's the mother of all high numbers," said Loren Scott, a Baton Rouge-based economist.
For the sake of perspective: A mere $1 quadrillion would dwarf the U.S. gross domestic product, which Scott said was $13.2 trillion in 2007. A stack of one quadrillion pennies would reach Saturn.
Some residents may have grossly exaggerated their claims to send a message to the corps, which has accepted blame for poorly designing the failed levees.
"I understand the anger," Scott said. "I also understand it's a negotiating tactic: Aim high and negotiate down."
Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task.
"There's no way on earth you can figure it out," he said. "The trauma these people have undergone is unlike anything that has occurred in the history of our country."
The corps released zip codes, but no names, for the 247 claims of at least $1 billion. The list includes a $77 billion claim by the city of New Orleans. Fourteen involve a wrongful death claim. Fifteen were filed by businesses, including several insurance companies.
Little is known about the person who claimed $3 quadrillion. It was filed in Baker, 93 miles northwest of New Orleans. Baker is far from the epicenter of Katrina's destruction, but the city has a trailer park where hundreds of evacuees have lived since the storm.
Katrina, which is blamed for more than 1,600 deaths in Louisiana and Mississippi, is considered the most destructive storm to ever hit the U.S. It caused at least $60 billion in insured losses and could cost Gulf Coast states up to $125 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Most of the claims were filed before a deadline that coincided with Katrina's second anniversary, but the Corps is still receiving them — about 100 claims have arrived over the past three weeks — and is feeding them into a computer database.
The Corps said it isn't passing judgment on the merits of each claim. Federal courts are in charge of deciding if a claim is valid and how much compensation is warranted.
"It's important to the person who filed it, so we're taking every single claim seriously," Corps spokeswoman Amanda Jones said.Don't Be Afraid To Fail.
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01-16-08, 10:44 PM #2
I agree, they should sue Hurricane Katrina.
Take that baby all the way to the supreme court...oh wait, it was an act of nature?
Freakin oxygen thieves.I don't like repeat offenders I like DEAD offenders-
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01-17-08, 01:30 AM #3
If they go to court, and lose (likely) they should have to pay back all those gubmint checks they've gotten over the years. Immediately.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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01-17-08, 01:36 AM #4
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01-17-08, 02:49 AM #5
Pathetic how some people want to get rich over a disaster like that.
"Stupid should hurt."
01-17-08, 02:51 AM #6
The United States government is responsible!!!
Cheney did it!!!111!!
Pardon my French, but those losers need to f*** off.I'm your huckleberry...
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01-17-08, 03:26 AM #7
Are you serious, WTF, people tried to make levees and other things to try and protect them, so it did not work for one of the all time worst storms to hit land, how the hell is that someones fault.
Shit, if someone shoots at us do we get to sue them for mental anguis? Damn, people have more than enough time to think up some of the stupidist shit
01-17-08, 03:51 AM #8
Unreal!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
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01-17-08, 07:50 AM #9
Don't even get me started.What if the Hokey Pokey is what it really is all about?
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01-17-08, 07:54 AM #10
"Daniel Becnel, Jr., a lawyer who said his clients have filed more than 60,000 claims, said measuring Katrina's devastation in dollars and cents is a nearly impossible task."
Well, I don't know..it seems they did come up with an amount.
I don't know..I understand the frustration...in 2003 we had a category 4 hurricane hit us dead on. Not fun. Things sucked. People died. Seriously...I have stories galore but it is not something I want to go through again. I do know that I saw people milk the system...people who really didn't need it. And there were people that did need it and had to fight like hell to get help. Help I can understand...but to sue because of a act of nature? Doesn't make much sense.Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
01-17-08, 07:56 AM #11
honestly, I think that there are a few who's insurance companies said "sorry, we don't cover an act of God" or "you had ___________ insurance, the damage was caused by levees breaking, we don't cover that"... those are the ones who should get some kind of monetary value from the government - those who in Lakeview (example) lost their $300,000 and $400,000 homes... those who lost everything and insurance wouldn't pay...
but if they were already getting a hand out from the government... or weren't smart enough to carry homeowners insurance... or whatever other reason...
sorry, deal with it-=Twan007
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01-17-08, 09:25 AM #12
You would have to have first hand knowledge of the folks from New Orleans. Although I'm sure some of the claims have some form of basis in reality, there are a lot of people who just want money and do nothing for it. I didn't have to be a hurricane. It could have been anything.
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01-17-08, 01:22 PM #13
Their suit for mental anguish is causing me mental anguish.
I WANT MY CHECK, BITCHES!
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01-17-08, 06:27 PM #15
Suck it up, and next time buy flood insurance."never bring paws to a gunfight" - Jenna
01-17-08, 09:51 PM #16
at least the person suing for $3 quadrillion has a shot
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01-17-08, 10:14 PM #17
Not all Katrina survivors want something for nothing
There are some tragedies and injustices that unless you are local, you will never hear or understand.
Example: My friend's Dad, 70+ years old now, retired after working some 55+ years, raising his family after the lost of his wife (when his youngest
of 5 children was only 4)
He lives on a modest income in Kenner, LA ( basically a suburb of N.O.), is covered by homeowners insurance, resides in a NO FLOOD ZONE, so didn't have and wasn't required to have the extra flood coverage. He lost everything.
He lost things and memories that can never be replaced. He lost his home
and had to start over with help from his kids. Homeowners Ins refused to cover anything but $3,600.00 for a damaged roof due to the wind and rain.
I do not agree with attempting to get something for nothing.
However I try to make sure that people not here, know more than what is sensationalized in the press.
There are 1,000's more stories like my friend's.
Mav and I were hit hard by Katrina. We took it, didn't ask for anything and rebuilt.
My homeowner's insurance fought me all the way. Repairs and materials were estimated at
PRE katrina prices. I wont go into the struggle to find contractors/etc.
But homeowner's insurance rates more than doubled with a new "rider" now for
wind damage. ( we had NO flooding and all our damage
was due to Cat 5 (yes clocked here at 167+ miles per hour) wind produced
01-17-08, 10:15 PM #18
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