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  • Louisiana neighborhood lacks funds to build hurricane protection levee

Louisiana neighborhood lacks funds to build hurricane protection levee

Outsourcing claims processing in times of a high load of claims is beneficial for insurers, especially if there is a natural disaster that has hit a city or town. Often, the flooding that results from hurricanes, heavy rains and thunderstorms produces the highest degree of damage, not the accompanying strong winds.

Severe damage from flooding has taken place in La Place, Louisiana in recent months after Hurricane Isaac hit the region. Thousands of homes and office buildings were flooded with four feet of water in St. John the Baptist Parish, according to the New Orleans publication Times Picayune.

Officials from this area have been working on developing a hurricane protection levee ever since the disaster took place. However, the news source reported that the Army Corps of Engineers is low on funds for the completion of this project. 

"There is nothing in the budget for 2013," Marti Lucore, senior project manager for the St. John levee project, told the news source. "The corps has been shuffling money around to keep the study going forward, but I don't see how they're going to be able to move forward unless they can get some additional funding."

Steve Wilson, president of the Pontchartrain Levee District, said that there is no money from the federal government available for the construction of the project and 2010 was the last time they received congressional funding.

A nuclear plant in South Carolina is also at risk of flooding, regulators warned. The Associated Press reported that the risk of flooding at Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station has risen and power outages may take place if such a disaster does occur.

In times of severe floods or hurricanes, insurers may want to partner with a claims vendor organization to handle contents services and claims.

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