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Hailstorm claims exceed $209M; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — The latest report from Mississippi’s major insurance carriers on the March hailstorm to the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) shows that both claim and payment numbers continue to rise. As of the April 15 reporting period over 56,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims have been filed and claims payments are at $209.4 million, […] [...]

Eight years after Katrina’s destruction, Coast park reopens

WAVELAND — Buccaneer Bay Water Park will open in the summer for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed it in 2005. That’s according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Buccaneer State Park’s structures, water parks and support facilities were destroyed during Katrina, and the park has reopened in phases over the […] [...]

Some businesses just now reopening following EF-4 tornado

HATTIESBURG — In keeping with the traditional Mississippi never-say-die attitude, many Hattiesburg area business owners affected by the Feb. 10 tornado are getting back on their feet — and back in business. Employees at Carlstedt’s Florist had to work out of refrigerated trucks after the EF4 tornado tore off the back of the building. The […] [...]

University develops plan to restore tornado-torn landscape

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has unveiled a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the university’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado Feb. 10. The USM Foundation has also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan. […] [...]

Cleanup of debris from Feb. 10 tornado almost complete

PINE BELT — Officials are nearing the end of the debris cleanup from the Feb. 10 tornado that struck northeastern Lamar County, Hattiesburg and Petal. The Hattiesburg American reports Petal wrapped up its debris cleanup efforts March 22. Mayor Hal Marx says the cleanup tab was approximately $100,000. In Hattiesburg, John Brown, assistant to the […] [...]

Court agrees to review ruling in Katrina-related climate-change case

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A federal appeals court has agreed to review a three-judge panel’s ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina. The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, […] [...]

Insurers see more than 40,000 hailstorm claims; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — Mississippi’s major insurance carriers have reported to the Mississippi Insurance Department that as of late March they have received over 40,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims as a result of the March 18 hailstorm that hit Jackson and the surrounding area. They have paid out over $25 million in claims, according to […] [...]

University’s Coast campus almost back to pre-Katrina condition

LONG BEACH — With four of five building projects completed, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is nearing its full return from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The first buildings to be completed were the Science Building and Nursing Building, both located on the northwest corner of campus. The Science […] [...]

Emergency loan deadline nearing for victims of Feb. 10 storm

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible private non-profit (PNP) organizations in Mississippi of the April 22 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began Feb. 10. The SBA offers low interest disaster loans to private non-profit organizations for physical losses up […] [...]

Insurers setting up in Fairgrounds to meet post-storm demand

JACKSON — Due to the large volume of auto claims being filed following last Monday’s hailstorm, the Mississippi Insurance Department has arranged for insurance companies to use the Mississippi State Fairgrounds as additional damage inspection stations. These sites will be in addition to the multiple locations companies have set up across the area to inspect […] [...]

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