As I write this I’m feeling a mixture of relief and guilt. Relief, because even though the river right next to my house experienced a 7-9 foot storm surge, the water did not come into my house, we lost electricity only very briefly, and my basement stayed dried. Guilt, because friends had the ocean crash through their living room, others are still without electricity, and there was a tremendous amount of damage.
If you suffered property damage or personal injury as a result of the storm, you should document everything. Get photographs as soon as possible, pull out any insurance policies that could cover the damage, whether homeowner’s or car insurance, and notify the insurance carrier. Try to mitigate the damage as much as possible. If you suffered property damage as a result of a tree from a neighbor, a loose boat mooring, and anything not caused by your property, you may have to file litigation to get your damages paid. Put requests to repairs in writing, and keep copies of all correspondence.
Good luck with the clean up. The Law Firm of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon Doyle & Sacks is standing by to help you.