Commissioner Wooley Announces Success in Grid 1 Grid 2 Scheduled Adjusting Underway in St. Bernard and Plaquemines
Released: October 25, 2005
With more than 90% of Grid 1 inspected by insurance company adjusters last week,
Commissioner of Insurance Robert Wooley gave the go-ahead yesterday for the coordinated
adjusting of Grid 2 in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes to officially begin.
Working with parish officials and the insurance industry, Commissioner Wooley developed
the idea of subdividing St. Bernard and Plaquemines, two parishes badly damaged
by Hurricane Katrina, into small grids containing approximately 1,000 households
each. Parish officials then created their respective grid maps, using a parish street
map. The map for St. Bernard Parish consists of 25 grids. Plaquemines officials
subdivided their parish into nine grids, using their council districts as boundaries.
From October 17 through the 23rd, insurance companies began working in a coordinated
effort to more efficiently adjust claims in Grid 1. Commissioner Wooley believes
an organized approach to adjusting an entire parish is vital to its redevelopment.
"I think it is important that entire neighborhoods and city blocks are all
adjusted at the same time so the citizens living there can start the rebuilding
process together," says Wooley. "A piecemeal approach slows down the redevelopment
process. I am pleased that this voluntary program has been met with such success."
Commissioner Wooley made an unannounced visit to Grid 1 in St. Bernard Parish on
October 21, talking to property owners and adjusters. "I saw quite a few adjusters
on the job and talked to many homeowners, all of whom had been visited by their
company adjuster," adds Wooley. "The citizens I spoke with were very positive
about the prospect of rebuilding their neighborhoods as they existed before Katrina
Insurance company adjusters are scheduled to visit Grid 2 properties in both St.
Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes from Monday, October 24 through Sunday, October
30, although many insurers report to the Commissioner that they have completed their
work in Grid 2 and beyond as well. The Commissioner says companies are working hard
to track down their policyholders to let them know what day they can expect a visit
from an adjuster.
The following are boundaries for Grid 2 in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes:
St. Bernard Parish: Grid 2 boundaries are Benjamin Drive and Center Street north,
Friscoville and Lebeau Avenues south, Center Street to the east and Friscoville
and Alexander Avenues to the west.
Plaquemines Parish: Grid 2 spans from West Ravenna Road to the Freeport Sulphur
Plant in Port Sulphur.
Grid maps will be posted on the Department of Insurance Web site:
www.ldi.state.la.us, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita section.