A New Orleans-area state representative says she has not received a piece of mail in Baton Rouge, La., since she asked the U.S. Postal Service to forward her mail there shortly after Katrina hit.
Rep. Shirley Bowler, R-Harahan, La., an active member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators, Troy, N.Y., says her problems with getting mail may be a sign of the enormous practical issues facing insurers who are trying to get annuity income payments, disability benefit payments and other regular payments to tens of thousands of displaced consumers.
Bowler says she is seeing signs of improvement when she returns to the New Orleans area.
Electricity is back in some areas, and several supermarkets have reopened. Schools in Jefferson Parish, a parish next to New Orleans, are slated to reopen Oct. 3.
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But even in Harahan, which is on high ground and experienced no significant flooding as a result of Katrina, “there is not one building that does not have roof damage,” Bowler says.