Delaware hurricane aftermath: dealing with insurance claims and questions

Delawareans impacted by Hurricane Irene are now dealing with busy insurance agents as they prepare to file claims. 

“Insured damages due to Hurricane Irene exceed $2 million,” Delaware Insurance Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart said, based on reports received from five of Delaware’s top ten carriers.  The other five companies have so many pending claims their estimates were not yet available.

Also, many Delawareans had not been able to report claims due to power outages and other problems related to the storm. 

Shortly before Irene struck, 542 additional catastrophic adjusters were licensed in Delaware to assist with claims. 

Stewart has advised homeowners to call their insurance company or agent as soon as possible if they have experienced storm-related damage.  Also it’s advised to keep a log of all conversations with insurance companies, creditors or relief agencies.  Staff with the Delaware Insurance Department are available for extended hours until 8:00 p.m. tonight and Thursday at 1-800-282-8611 to deal with questions from consumers. 

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