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This is not the article we originally envisioned writing when the editors and publisher of Claims convened for our editorial calendar planning session six months ago. At the time, even though very little hurricane activity had occurred, September and October still loomed before us and threatened to produce another devastating, late-season storm along the likes of Katrina, Wilma, or Ivan in prior years. Given the activity in 2004 and 2005, it was almost an afterthought to include a restoration report that analyzed the impact and aftermath of the 2006 storm season, which officially ended, as it does every year, on Dec. 1.

But then nothing happened.

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