FEMA extends deadline to report flood damage from Isaac

New Orleans, La.  - Louisiana property owners with flood insurance whose homes or businesses were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 30 days to file claims for their flood-related losses.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) usually requires claims to be reported within 60 days from the date of loss. An extension has been granted to allow for take into account the extra time it took people some people to return due to infrastructure damage and high floodwaters.

With the extension, residents now have 90 days from the date of their loss to submit a claim.  Hurricane Isaac made first landfall in Louisiana  on August 28th, 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.

"We understand people are ready to make progress on their rebuilding plans, but there is information to gather to document the loss," said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. "We hope this extension gives them a little peace of mind that they'll have time to get their claims turned in."

Since Isaac made landfall, the NFIP has paid out nearly $255 million on 8,528 claims in Louisiana. The program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Policyholders with questions about flood insurance or concerns about their claims may call FEMA's Hurricane Isaac Flood Insurance Call Center. The toll-free number is 1-866-331-1679. Help is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional information is available at www.floodsmart.gov.