POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 10:46am
BATON ROUGE, LA — Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. This means most policyholders have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) usually requires claims to be reported within 60 days from the date of loss. Four extensions have been granted.
With the latest 60-day extension on flood insurance claims, Louisianians have 240 days from the date of their insured losses to submit a claim, known as Proof of Loss. Hurricane Isaac first made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 28, 2012, with heavy rainfall and flooding occurring within several days before and after it hit. For this reason the date of loss varies for property owners.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the program.
"A major storm like Isaac can make it difficult for survivors to gather information that will help adjusters determine their flood insurance loss," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. "This extension eases the burden on folks who haven't yet filed their proof of loss, and we continue to urge them to do so as soon as possible."
Failure to submit the proof of loss could cause policyholders to miss out on benefits from their flood insurance policy, NFIP specialists said.
Policyholders with questions about flood insurance or concerns about their claims may contact their local insurance agent, call FEMA program experts at 1-866-331-1679 or 1-866-330-7286, or visit www.floodsmart.gov .
More information on Louisiana disaster recovery is available online at www.fema.gov/disaster/4080  or www.gohsep.la.gov . FEMA is also on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion6 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FEMA .