Claims News Service, Nov. 28, 11:25 a.m. EST — After Hurricane Katrina, flood-damaged cars in Louisiana’s hardest-hit parishes were left sitting in water contaminated with e-coli and fuel for up to four weeks before insurance companies could get in and start pulling them out, according to The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. Environmental officials advised that these cars could be decontaminated by washing with soap and water or a combination of water and bleach.

Once decontaminated, these vehicles could be sold to consumers anywhere in the country. However, Progressive has decided to scrap more than 5,000 vehicles it insured that were declared total losses as a result of flood waters in St. Bernard parish and parts of Orleans parish.

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