Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Monday, Columbus-based Nationwide Insurance settled out of court with up to 227 Mississippi Gulf Coast homeowners who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. This settlement comes after other national insurance companies made similar settlements.
The Greater Columbus Red Cross says it’s found almost a dozen cases of suspected fraud related to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. A spokeswoman says the cases have been turned over to the Columbus police department.
It’s been six months since Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast leaving behind the costliest natural disaster in American history. Thousands were displaced by the storm scattered all over the country. Some of them have decided to rebuild their lives elsewhere while others are making plans to move back. Two families from the Deep South who evacuated to central Ohio each have different ideas on what their next steps will be.
More than three weeks after Hurricane Katrina made landfall the Red Cross of Greater Columbus is closing its temporary service center at Piedmont Road. Today, most of the families who used the center’s services are now in permanent housing.
Because of Hurricane Katrina and the evacuation of New Orleans event planners have to rebook hundreds of conventions scheduled for the crescent city. Some of those meetings could end up here in Columbus.
Radio and television stations, city workers and other volunteers continue to line the streets near city hall this afternoon collecting money for hurricane victims. Columbus Unites has been a day-long effort to raise money for the red cross.
Governor Taft has ordered 1,500 Ohio National Guard troops to help provide security and aid rescue and recovery efforts in hurricane-stricken Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
New Orleans Universities are all closed indefinitely and urge their students to enroll at other schools. Here in Ohio, colleges and universities are preparing to help the displaced students find new classrooms.
Insurance companies, including Columbus-based Nationwide, are gearing up to handle the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina