Irene Victims Win Extension
The National Flood Insurance Program has agreed to a two-month extension of its claims deadline after property owners complained of poor service by federal adjusters.Posted — Updated
North Carolina property owners who suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irene have a sixty-day extension to seek compensation for their losses.
The original deadline for property owners to file "proof of loss" under the National Flood Insurance Program was Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. Any claims not substantiated by federal adjusters by that date would be ineligible for compensation under the program.
But State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin joined other states' insurance chiefs in successfully seeking an extension for that deadline.
"On November 17, Department of Insurance staff traveled to Pamlico County to meet with residents who were wholly unaware of the November 23 deadline for filing a Proof of Loss, and whose NFIP claims have clearly received inadequate attention from assigned NFIP adjusters.
Residents were lined up at 8:00am to speak with a FEMA representative (Russ Tinsley) who was also on-site; many waited in line for hours throughout the day, and some were turned away at the end of the day, despite another FEMA representative joining Mr. Tinsley in the afternoon."
“I know that many people are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene, and my staff and I will do whatever we can to help,” said Goodwin. “I’m pleased that this deadline was extended, and I hope all affected North Carolinians have ample time to present their flood claims.”