An industry group said insurance adjusters still have not been able to get into the areas worst hit by Hurricane Katrina, but insurers hope to have firmer loss estimates by the middle of next week.

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), based in Des Plaines, Ill., said claims adjusters have still been denied access into the worst hit areas–the cities of New Orleans, Biloxi, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. But insurers are hopeful they can begin to get into the worst hit areas soon to produce firmer estimates of claim numbers and costs by Sept. 7.

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