Mayor-President Broome Announces Parish-wide Resources for Excessive Rainfall Damage Assessments

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome is providing an online resource for residents to report any damages associated with Severe Weather in which affected East Baton Rouge Parish beginning on May 17. Those who experienced any storm-related damages are encouraged to complete the Damage Assessment Survey at brla.gov/emergency.

The survey will gather information about the extent of damages incurred and document the impact of this event on individuals, families, businesses and public infrastructure (vehicles do not apply). This information will identify specific recovery needs and continued efforts for debris removal around the City-Parish.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP), the City of Baton Rouge Information Services (IS) Department and Public Works are proactively engaged in this process of collecting preliminary damage assessments.  The data will be provided to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in support of any further requests for assistance, such as determination of eligibility for recovery assistance in accordance with federal regulations.  

While assistance is not automatic nor guaranteed, East Baton Rouge Parish is committed to exploring all available resources for recovery and future mitigation projects. 

Citizens may report any storm-related damages to their property via brla.gov/emergency or by calling the Permits and Inspections Division at 225-389-3205.  The survey is designed to be user-friendly and should only take a few short minutes to complete.  

“My prayers are with all of our residents who were affected by this historic rainfall event. I understand that many in our community are focusing on recovery efforts around their homes and businesses; however, I encourage everyone to take a moment and report their damages so that officials can adequately prepare crews and resources for recovery,” said Mayor Broome. “Please be mindful while traveling in and around our Parish because emergency crews are working expeditiously, while maintaining personal safety.” 

Local emergency responders and public work crews are diligently conducting preliminary damage assessments and clearing roadways for safe travel.

Damage Assessment Tips

Insured Property:

·         Remember, flooding is generally not a covered hazard under homeowners’ policies. Flood insurance is a separate policy offered through the National Flood Insurance Protection Program (NFIP) or through private insurers.

·         Notify your claims process.

·         Document the damage by taking pictures of your property and the contents. Coordinate with your insurance adjuster in filing a Proof of Loss within 60 days of the disaster.

Uninsured Property:

·         Document the damage by taking pictures of your property and the contents.

·         If your property is flood damaged and you do not have flood insurance, help may be available from the federal government through small grants and larger low-cost loans.

Renters:

·         If you have renter’s insurance, storm damage may be covered.

·         Your personal property damaged by the storm may also be covered; please refer to your policy limits.

·         A deductible may be due before your losses can be paid.

·         If you are unable to occupy your rented house or apartment, due to storm damage, your renters insurance may help pay additional costs you incur such as hotel bills.

Vehicles:

·         Notify your automobile insurer to start the claims process.

·         If you only have liability coverage, storm damages to your vehicle may not be covered; please refer to your policy limits for details.

·         Keep in mind you may have to pay a deductible.

·         If your vehicle is declared a total loss because of flooding, you cannot buy it back.

·         Louisiana law states that the insurance company has to send the certificate of title to the Office of Motor Vehicles along with the application for a Certificate of Destruction.

For additional tips on claiming damage please visit the Louisiana Department of Insurance’s website at: www.ldi.state.la.us or by phone at (225) 342-5900.

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