Victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita can apply for a settlement check

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita can apply to receive a settlement check, amounting anywhere from one dollar to more than $400.

You may be included in the proposed Settlement Class if you lived, owned property, operated a business or were present within the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans or St. Bernard, Louisiana at the time of Hurricanes Katrina or Rita.

Residents and businesses in those areas are receiving letters in the mail saying they can apply for the benefits. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2015.

If you previously were mailed a Settlement notice in 2013 or registered on this website to receive a claim form, you should receive your claim form in the mail by the end of November, 2014.

If you did not receive a claim form in the mail or if you lost your claim form, you may submit a claim online.

To find the different claim types and estimated payment amounts, go to

The lawsuit alleged that levees and other flood and water control structures failed and/or were overtopped as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita because they were not properly designed, inspected, or maintained, and that this failure caused property damage, personal injury and other losses. The Settling Defendants said that the levees failed for reasons beyond their control and that they did not do anything wrong.

Three settlement funds totaling approximately $19.3 million as of September 30, 2014 have been established. After fees, costs, expenses and Class Representative awards are paid, remaining settlement funds will be paid to individuals and businesses who submit valid claims by April 30, 2015.

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