WESTCHESTER, IL – Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) has reported that its facilities in the Gulf states escaped serious damage and avoided the flood waters that destroyed much of the surrounding area. Current inventories also avoided significant damage in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

“Our Baton Rouge, La., and Jackson, Miss., facilities felt a very minor impact, yet continue to operate and will hold their regularly scheduled salvage auctions,” said Tom O’Brien, IAA’s CEO. “Although both facilities initially lost power and temporarily lack primary data lines, they are open, fully staffed, and are actively planning for the infusion of damaged vehicles from neighboring cities and other remote locations. Additional acreage for storing, cleaning, and selling vehicles has been secured and IAA stands ready to assist insurance companies in obtaining the highest recovery possible for vehicles throughout the region.”

IAA has made an initial donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.