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With no power, Louisiana residents return home to assess Hurricane Delta damage

By Stephanie Kelly



a castle on top of a house: FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana


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FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday, the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

Gerard Meschwitz, 62, returned to Lake Charles on Sunday morning after evacuating to Houston for the storm. He found that Delta had torn up more of his roof, which was already damaged by Laura.

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Judge orders Seminole Commission candidate Pernell Bush to repair damage to home

A judge ordered Seminole County Commission candidate Pernell Bush to move out of the home he shared with his estranged wife and pay for the damages he caused last month when he punched a wall 10 times, apparently in anger over earlier divorce proceedings.



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Pernell Bush of Sanford is a candidate for the Seminole County Commission. n- Original Source: handout

Seminole County Judge Jessica Recksiedler also ordered the Democrat and his estranged wife, Jalyn Isley, to sell their two-story house on Emerald Forest Court near Sanford.

But Bush said Monday that he moved out of the home the day after the Sept. 14 incident and has since been living in Sanford’s Goldsboro community.

His new address is within commission District 5 — the seat he is seeking — which includes Sanford, Heathrow and a portion of Lake Mary. Seminole commissioners are elected countywide, but required

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Denver family’s sewer leak to be repaired after damage

DENVER — For weeks, a Denver family has been out of their home, getting the runaround and wondering how they are going to pay for thousands of dollars in damage.

They reached out to Contact Denver7, and they are already getting results.

At Kelsie Shippy’s Washington Park Bungalow, something stinks, and it’s not just the sewer link in her basement.

“Sept 13, we noticed a leak in our basement,” said Shippy. “We’ve haven’t been able to live at home for the last three weeks because of this leak. We had to shut off the water.”

Three weeks ago, without warning, she says crews installed a utility vault (box) right next to her house, directly over a sewer line.

“This is a letter from a plumber,” she said, showing a statement from a plumbing company that shows the plumber thought something went wrong when crews dug the hole for the vault.

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Repair start on damage to East Haven High School’s Crisafi Field

EAST HAVEN — Work has begun to rebuild East Haven High School’s Frank “Coach” Crisafi Field, which was destroyed by wind micro-bursts in the Aug. 27 severe thunderstorm — and the Board of Education this week gave the go-ahead to do repair work on home bleachers, which also were damaged.

The synthetic turf field — used by both the Yellowjackets football and soccer teams — should be completed by Nov. 2, Athletic Director Anthony Verderame told the Board of Education this week.

“The field is scheduled to be completed on Nov. 2 and we will have our last games for soccer that week,” Verderame told the board. “If we do not get the $10,000 to fix the home stands, we will not be able to use the facility for fans.

“It will just be the athletes competing,” he said.

“As of now they are scheduled to complete the leveling of

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Scientists track down a protein that may add to lung damage in asthma and related diseases

A step toward helping patients breathe deeply
A protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally. Credit: La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Your lungs and airways need to be stretchy, sort of like balloons. Take a big breath, and they’ll open right up.

Damaged lungs can’t open properly. Patients with asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and systemic sclerosis suffer from fibrosis and tissue remodeling, where a build-up of tissue and immune cells, and proteins that form a glue-like substance, keep the airways from expanding. As fibrosis gets worse, taking a breath feels like blowing up a balloon filled with concrete.

In a new study, researchers at La Jolla Institute for Immunology (LJI) report that a protein called TL1A drives fibrosis in several mouse models, triggering tissue remodeling, and making it harder for lungs and airways to function normally.

“Our new study suggests that TL1A and its receptor

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Does home insurance cover damage from protests?

Protests have always served as a format for citizens to make their voices heard on any number of issues. In 2020, protests have sprung up across the United States, primarily fighting for social justice, but a fair number expressing displeasure with pandemic restrictions and showing opposition to political candidates during election season.  



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Unfortunately, at a number of protests this year, demonstrations have turned violent and caused destruction, including damage to businesses, cars, personal homes, city property and more. In fact, the Property Claim Services, a unit of Verisk Analytics, designated riots throughout the United States between May 26 and June 8 as a multi-state catastrophe event, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Insurance industry analysts put the preliminary estimate for insured losses between $500 million and $900 million, a number that was expected to change, per the Insurance Information

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Does Home Insurance Cover Moving Damage?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 million Americans move each year. Some move across the county, some move a few states over and some move across the country. To make that move, they fill their personal vehicles with boxes, clothes and furniture or they borrow a pickup from a friend. Oftentimes, they enlist the aid of professionals to help move their stuff. 



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In the process, Americans spend an average of $660 to move themselves, $910 to hire someone to help with loading and unloading, and $2,568 to handle all the labor and driving, per HireAHelper.com. The last thing they want to do is increase those costs by paying to repair or replace damaged furnishings and personal property. 

So who’s responsible for the damages? Well, that depends. If you are moving yourself and damage your

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Insurance typically covers some, but not all, damage

As Tropical Storms Marco and Laura barrel toward Louisiana, you may wonder how well your homeowners or renters insurance will hold up in a natural disaster.



a group of stuffed animals sitting on a tree branch: A flooded area and a downed tree caused by Tropical Storm Laura in Salinas, Puerto Rico.


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A flooded area and a downed tree caused by Tropical Storm Laura in Salinas, Puerto Rico.

The answer largely depends on the disaster. Damage from many calamities are covered by a standard policy, but a handful are not and require separate coverage for protection.

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Even if your insurance covers the peril, it may not be enough. Many homeowners and renters don’t have adequate protection to cover all their losses. And, because of a  change in the tax law, uninsured losses can only be deducted in specific cases.

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