State Officials Encouraging Uninsured to Report Flood Damage to County Judges

APRIL 28, 2004 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State emergency officials are encouraging flooding victims without flood insurance to voluntarily report damage at their county judge's office.

They say homeowners who lack the insurance risk missing out on possible federal assistance if damage goes unreported.  The state can get damage reports from homeowners insured against flooding, but it can't collect information from residents who lack coverage without voluntary reporting.

Governor Huckabee will have a report next week detailing damage to public and private property from flooding, and then he will decide whether to request federal disaster assistance.

And tomorrow, Federal Emergency Management Association surveyors will be sent out to estimate how much damage was caused by spring storms that have raked the state.

Jennifer Gordon, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Emergency Management, says the quicker volunteer damage reports are made, the quicker assistance could be available.

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