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State grants deadline extension for NFIP policyholders affected by March floods

Flooding in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB) Flooding in Livingston Parish (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced today that FEMA has granted a 60-day extension on filing the Proof of Loss form for National Flood Insurance Program policyholders who were affected by storms across the state in March.

The program normally requires policyholders to file that form within 60 days of suffering flood damage. However, policyholders now have until July 6 to file their form, bringing the total number of days before the deadline to 120.

“I am pleased to report this deadline extension which may provide some relief to Louisiana residents faced with the daunting recovery challenges created by the spring floods,” said Commissioner Donelon. “My hope is that this flood event will also serve as a reminder to other property owners of the importance of securing flood insurance coverage especially as we prepare to enter hurricane season.”

According to FEMA, as of April 22 a total of 4,833 claims filed have been filed and more than $90 million has been paid on all claims in Louisiana. The average payment for a closed claim is about $42,000.

Those needing to file a Proof of Loss form with the NFIP are urged to contact their agent or call the NFIP Claims Call Center at 1-800-621-3362 for assistance.

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