Less than two months after Hurricane Laura made landfall in the same area, Hurricane Delta doubled down on the coast of Louisiana. Although Delta — a Category 2 hurricane — wasn’t as strong as the Category 4 Laura, it arrived with a larger wind field and more flooding than its predecessor. In a record-breaking 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Delta was the twenty-fifth named storm.
Delta caused significant flooding; it also brought down power lines and displaced wildlife throughout the region. After making landfall on Friday evening, the weather event caused at least two deaths and more than 600,000 power outages across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi.
Hurricane Delta had already risen to Category 4, downgraded back to Category 1, and heightened to Category 3 again before finally hitting land as a Category 2 hurricane in Creole, Louisiana. It downgraded to Category 1 again and then became a tropical depression before it followed its trajectory northeast through Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. It culminated its path in Ohio and West Virginia, but rain continued to fall on Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.
Lake Charles, Louisiana, which had already been devastated by Hurricane Laura, saw over 15 inches of rain add to the damage, sources say. Thousands of residents were still in shelters from the first hurricane, and about 850 more people were evacuated during Hurricane Delta.
If Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, or any other severe weather event has affected you or a loved one, you may be owed compensation from your insurance company. Unfortunately, you might have to combat your insurance company to get the amount you deserve — but Morgan & Morgan is here to help. We have the resources to take on the biggest bullies and win, and we fight for full and fair compensation. Fill out a free, no-risk case evaluation to get started.
Handling the Aftermath of a Hurricane
The southern states that were hit by Hurricane Laura didn’t have time to take a breath before being confronted with Hurricane Delta. More damage piled on, and even more people were displaced from their homes. Follow these steps to get through the aftermath safely and recover full compensation from your insurance company:
- Re-enter only when it’s safe. Even if the hurricane didn’t rip off your roof, it may have affected the structural integrity of your home. Don’t go back inside until it’s been deemed safe to do so.
- Secure your property. Inclement weather may continue after the hurricane moves on, which means the damage isn’t necessarily done. Cover any damaged areas of your house with tarps to prevent further water damage, and secure branches, fences, and other loose debris that could be picked up by heavy winds.
- Document the damages. Documenting the damage is a crucial part of putting your case together to file a claim. Take pictures of your house and yard from every angle to clearly illustrate the impact of the hurricane.
- Hire a lawyer and file a claim. Don’t wait to file your insurance claim; the sooner you get started, the sooner you can be compensated. Since the insurance company may not play fair, you should have an experienced hurricane insurance lawyer take you through the process.
Contact Morgan & Morgan
Recovering from a hurricane can be difficult, but your insurance policy should help relieve the financial burden. If your insurance company denies your claim or tries to lowball you, however, don’t wait to call Morgan & Morgan. Here are just a few of our highlights and accomplishments:
- Over $7 billion recovered for clients
- More than 700 attorneys across the country
- 30 years of experience
Morgan & Morgan fights For The People, not the powerful. There are no upfront costs to hire our law firm, and we’re always looking to help more people nationwide. Fill out a free case evaluation form and find out if we can help you.