Wired PR News.com – A federal lawsuit was filed on Wednesday alleging race-based discrimination in a recovery program provided for victims of Hurricane Katrina, as reported by the Associated Press. The $10.3 billion effort was created to assist victims with restoring their homes, which had been damaged by the storm. The lawsuit accuses what was named the Louisiana Road Home program of purposely reducing the award amounts for African American homeowners. In estimating the costs for repairs, fair market estimates as opposed to actual costs to rebuild were considered, which possibly contributed to lessoned amounts for 20,000 African Americans.
Hurricane Katrina occurred in 2005, and was stated to be one of the most destructive and amongst the deadliest hurricanes in the United States’ history. It amassed an approximated more than $80 billion in damages. President Bush was heavily criticized for his slow response to the disaster, which claimed the lives of thousands and displaced individuals in massive numbers.