New York allows out-of-state adjusters to expedite blizzard claims

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The New York Department of Financial Services said it would grant temporary out-of-state authorization to qualified independent insurance adjusters to expedite insurance claims amid the winter storm that hit the state over the weekend.

DFS Superintendent Adrienne A. Harris said temporary appraiser permits will be available for those responding to property losses in West, Central and North New York counties.

The department believes the additional approvals will help New Yorkers pay off their insurance claims faster.

Insurers can apply for permits on the DFS website.

Residents can also get assistance with insurance information about insurance coverage for losses and suggestions for documenting their losses and protecting their property by calling the DFS Disaster Hotline at 800-339-1759, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Some of the most common winter damage includes damage from the weight of accumulated snow on a home or other insured structure; wind damage to roofs; damage from fallen branches; ice damage; and damage from frozen or burst pipes.

Over the weekend, total snow accumulations of more than seven feet were reported in Orchard Park, Blasdell and Hamburg in Erie County, and more than two feet of snow were reported in the Watertown and Fort Drum area, with peak snowfall rates of six inches per hour in Erie County and five inches per hour in Jefferson County.

President Joseph Biden declared a state of emergency in New York Sunday night and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local response efforts. The federal emergency declaration covers 11 counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wyoming.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul deployed more than 100 National Guard members to Erie County to assist residents and local officials.

New York Attorney General Letitia James issued an alert warning consumers and businesses against price gouging. New York law prevents businesses from taking advantage of consumers by selling essential goods or services at an excessively high price during market disruptions or a declared state of emergency.

Top Photo: Neighbors Stephan Davis, left, and Star Haynes playfully spray each other with their snowblowers on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in the Elmwood neighborhood of Buffalo, NY. Residents in upstate New York are digging out of a dangerous lake effect from snowstorm that dropped nearly 6 feet of snow in some areas and caused three deaths. The Buffalo metro area was hit hard, with some areas south of the city gaining more than 5 feet by early Saturday. (Libby March/The Buffalo News via AP)

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