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Judge's ruling excludes Katrina flood damage claims...

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Judge Rules Policy Excluded Flood Damage

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
Aug. 15, 2006

GULFPORT, Miss. — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that an insurance company's policies do not cover damage from flood waters or storm surge in a decision that could affect hundreds of upcoming cases related to property damage from Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge L.T. Senter Jr. ruled that a Mississippi Gulf Coast couple cannot collect damages from storm surge caused by Katrina because Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.'s policies do not cover wind-driven water damage.

Senter Jr. said Paul and Julie Leonard of Pascagoula could be compensated for damage that they could prove was caused by high winds, however.

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