For Immediate Release: November 22, 2011

UPDATE: FEMA Extends Proof of Loss Deadline

Insurance Commissioner: Hurricane Victims Need More Time to File Flood Claims

RALEIGH -- As requested by Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have extended the proof of loss deadline for flood victims of Hurricane Irene from Nov. 23 to Jan. 23, 2012.

The extension goes into effect for flood policyholders in Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia with dates of loss between Aug. 26 and Sept. 4, 2011.

Goodwin sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency officials on Nov. 18 urging them to extend the Hurricane Irene proof of loss deadline after hearing that many North Carolinians had received inadequate service and were unaware of the deadline.

"I know that many people are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Irene, and my staff and I will do whatever we can to help," said Goodwin. "I’m pleased that this deadline was extended, and I hope all affected North Carolinians have ample time to present their flood claims."