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This week over 125,000 settlement checks have been mailed to the East bank residents and businesses for flood damage from Hurricane Katrina and Rita.

According to most people with claims are expecting to receive checks for $50 to $150. The highest payout to be expected from this settlement will be about $6,000.

The checks are being sent out as part of a 2009 lawsuit involving the East Jefferson, Lake Borgne Basin and Orleans levee districts. The settlement lawsuit was for $20 million.

People receiving the checks were notified in February with awards based on whether:

  • The claimant owned residential property, or owned or rented non-residential property.
  • The property was in St. Bernard Parish or on the east bank of Jefferson or Orleans parishes.
  • The claimant is an individual or family
  • The property had no flooding, less than a foot, one to two feet, two to four feet or more than four feet.

It took 12 years for the people affected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita to receive their money. Their houses and valuables are gone. Do you think it took too long to get the money? Comment down below.


(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, Gerald Herbert)

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18 thoughts on “Hurricane Katrina & Rita Settlement Checks Being Mailed Out After 12 Years

  1. So sad, a smack in the face to all that the people who make New Orleans what it is. Im pretty sure that the big people at the top shaved off millions prior to disbursement to us..

  2. B. Brown on said:

    Once again our people always getting the big stick up their A** 12 years for a check of $150 maybe “No justice for black people “

  3. RENO2AC on said:

    This is beyond shameful. It should be criminal. They should have also received interest on that pittance they received. Of course, I were it mean I would not send the “money” back, but better late than never is bullshit.

    • All I can say is anyone who doesn’t think their pittance of a check is worth cashing, can sign it over to me, and I’ll show them how to make lemon aid from lemons.

  4. The US effing gov’t always takes its nice sweet time whenever it has to pay $$$$ out!!!!!

    The folks who were depending on these funds were no doubt minorities-which explains
    why the payments are so small.

    Uncle Sam should be ashamed of himself!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Cheryl Harrison on said:

    I was down there recently and some home were still in need of much repair and that little bit of money is nothing yeah they will keep it but Iwould put that on a down payment a lawyer to fight for more. Damn shame.

  6. Alice on said:

    This is a travesty…These people had to wait twelve long years for $50.00 or $150.00. This is injustice at its worst.

  7. specialt757 on said:

    This sounds more like a bad script than real life. Pretty sure some of those folks have passed on by now. Hell yes, it took to long, not that $50 to $150 would change anyone’s life drastically. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to the grocery store and spent less than $50 or $150. Just damn sad.

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