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ON-SITE REPORT: May 30, 2015

How Insurers Help You Steer Clear of Flooded Vehicles

Flooded car

Based on numbers alone, it’s likely the tally for flood damage in Houston will include higher volume for flooded cars than flooded homes. Most people own only one home and more than one car. (A couple I met living near a Houston bayou lost 3 cars in the recent flooding.) The good news is that most people have comprehensive auto insurance, which covers everything other than a car crash, such as when a wall of water collides with your car or vice versa.

One of the claims adjuster inspecting flooded cars in Houston inspected a vehicle that was obviously waterlogged from tires to hood. You could see the floodwater line above the window. It had me wishing there was such a thing as being “nose blind” to stinky smells. How to describe it? It was a combination of mold, sweat socks, and sour milk, also similar in some ways to the rotten-egg smell of marshes and mud flats, a scent familiar to those of us living on the coast. A truckload of Febreze won’t fix it. Cars like this are considered a total loss. Read more…

Current Disasters, Texas Flooding: Spring 2015,

May 30, 2015 at 9:51 am - 0 Comments

ON-SITE REPORT: Houston, Texas, May 29, 2015

Flash Floods Always a Serious Threat; No Game of “Crying Wolf”

Bonding with your neighbors over flood recovery may not be the first choice for most, but that’s exactly what is happening in some Houston area communities. Homeowners who never thought they’d be comparing their pile of debris at the curb with their neighbor’s estimate are now living that very experience together in the aftermath of this weeks disastrous flooding.

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Current Disasters, Press Room, Texas Flooding: Spring 2015,

May 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm - 0 Comments

Texas es el segundo estado del país que después de florida tiene el mayor número de pólizas de seguro de inundación

Más del 40% de las pólizas del Programa Nacional de Seguro de Inundación (NFIP) emitidas en Texas de esta cobertura están emitidas en el Condado de Harris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Elianne González, (954) 684-4410; elianneg@iii.org (for Spanish-language interviews)

NEW YORK, 29 de mayo de 2015 — Las mortales inundaciones que han azotado los estados de Texas y Oklahoma esta semana han generado comparaciones con la Tormenta tropical Allison de 2001 que causó más de $1.100 millones de dólares en pérdidas, según indicó el Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

“Debido al alto riesgo de inundaciones, Texas es el segundo estado del país en poseer el más alto número de pólizas de seguros contra inundaciones dentro del programa del NFIP, siguiendo de cerca a Florida que está en el primer puesto”, indicó Elianne E. González, portavoz nacional para los medios hispanos del I.I.I.

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May 29, 2015 at 11:32 am - 0 Comments

VIDEO: Steps for Filing a Homeowners Claim

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I.I.I. Information about Flood Insurance and Claims Filing

Whether you’re filing a claim, or just want to make sure you’re properly covered against flood events, here are some useful resources:

Current Disasters, Texas Flooding: Spring 2015,

May 29, 2015 at 9:27 am - 0 Comments

ON-SITE REPORT: Houston, Texas, May 28, 2015

Pool in Houston neighborhood

The Marilyn Estates neighborhood of southwestern Houston was devastated by flood waters on Tuesday night. But if you drive past the neighborhood now looking for pools of water, you won’t find any. The water has receded, and the extent of damage is evident from the trash heaps piled at the curb in front of home after home. Mountains of damp carpet, limp drywall, soggy mattresses and other personal possessions lie in wait for the trash man.

Absent the trash, it would be hard to tell that a flood just happened here. At least from the outside. The exterior brick and limestone look fine. The streets are clear of standing water. The flowers are still blooming. But inside is a mess.

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Current Disasters, Press Room, Texas Flooding: Spring 2015,

May 29, 2015 at 9:07 am - 0 Comments

I.I.I. NEWS RELEASE: Texas Is Second Only to Florida in Highest Number of NFIP Policies

More than 40 Percent of FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Policies in Texas Cover Harris County Properties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500; media@iii.org
Lynne McChristian, (813) 480-6446, lynnem@iii.org
Elianne González, (954) 389-9517, elianneg@iii.org (for Spanish-language interviews)

HOUSTON, Texas, May 28, 2015 — The deadly flooding that struck Texas and Oklahoma this week has drawn comparisons to 2001’s Tropical Storm Allison, which caused $1.1 billion in insured flood losses, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).

“Because of the high risk of flood, Texas has the second-highest number of NFIP policies in effect nationally, trailing only Florida,” said Lynne McChristian, the I.I.I.’s Catastrophe Response Coordinator, who is currently in the disaster zone in Houston.

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May 28, 2015 at 11:30 am - 0 Comments

NFIP: Flood Insurance Claims Handbook

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Texas Department of Insurance Helpline and Tips

TDI Offers Consumer Help After Recent Severe Weather

AUSTIN – Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, call the Texas Department of Insurance at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information.

Homeowners insurance generally covers losses from wind and hail. Getting the claims process started is the first step in making repairs. The following tips will help make the claims process smoother:

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Current Disasters, Texas Flooding: Spring 2015,

May 28, 2015 at 9:46 am - 0 Comments

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