Still Waiting for Help from Hurricane Irma
Irma struck Florida over 2 years ago, in September 2017. However, the repercussions continue to reverberate for many homeowners. First Coast News brought a story about several homeowners who are continuing to deal with the fallout from Irma. Their complaints ranged from the unkempt nature of the public highways to complaints about a leaky roof that was not fixed properly. They highlight that our state must do a better job of helping those impacted by natural disasters.
Even if a homeowner is prompt in repairing her property, she still depends on her neighbors fixing their property also. Disorderly lots are a magnet for wild animals and can depress property values for the entire neighborhood.
First Coast News included complaints from a homeowner who was upset about the condition of her neighbor’s property. She believes that it is drawing water moccasins and other vermin. Unfortunately, the city says that it cannot do anything.
Others complained that the median on the highway was overgrown and full of dead animals. If you are struggling with vermin or pests, you should talk to an exterminator. Also hang onto your receipts. Your neighbor might be interfering with the use of your property.
First Coast News also focused on Vicky Causey, the widow of a veteran whose double wide trailer was damaged by Irma. Unfortunately, Causey could not get the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help her, despite multiple requests.
Because Causey did not have insurance on her double wide, she ultimately had to rely on a state agency to fix her roof. The patch job, however, is already beginning to leak. She believes that the leaks are impacting her health, and her doctor agrees.
Thankfully, Rebuild Florida has approved Causey’s application for replacing her mobile home. Rebuild Florida is a program run by the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity in conjunction with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). However, Rebuild Florida did not give any timetable for when it would bring the doublewide, which has left Causey with anxiety about her future.
To protect yourself, we encourage homeowners to buy hurricane and flood damage insurance for their homes. In the event of a hurricane, a homeowner can make a claim to have repairs made and will not be at the mercy of the government or overburdened nonprofits. True, this insurance is expensive, but it is better to be covered in the event of a disaster.
Speak with a Volusia County Property Damage Lawyer
Hurricanes upend entire communities. Many insurance companies also try to limit their financial exposure by unfairly denying claims.
If you are struggling to get a hurricane insurance claim approved, please contact the Daytona Beach hurricane insurance claims lawyers at Bundza & Rodriguez, P.A. for assistance. We have helped many insureds file claims or bring appeals. We can also tackle other lawsuits related to the storm, such as a personal injury due to hazardous conditions on private or public property.
To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 386-252-5170 or fill out our online contact form.