Flow Modeling Helps Prove Hurricane Damage Caused by Wind, Not Water

A steel storage building located on a canal between downtown New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The insurance company asserted that the damage, in which the walls were pushed outward in two areas, was water-related. Since insurance covered only wind damage, the claim was denied. TRC, representing the owners of the storage building, undertook a modeling study to investigate whether the strong winds could explain the damage.

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