A Mississippi federal judge has issued a ruling strongly favorable to the position held by insurers that hurricane water damage is excluded from coverage.

The decision Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge L.T. Senter Jr. in Gulfport, Miss. is the latest in the case brought by Elmer and Alexa Buente, who are contesting Allstate Property Casualty’s rejection of their Hurricane Katrina damage claim for their home in Harrison County, Miss.

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