LOCKPORT – Mayor Michael W. Tucker called Tuesday for Lockport residents whose properties incurred damage in Friday’s flash flood to file notices of claim against the city.
Tucker said the primary purpose of that procedure is to compile a list of damaged properties to give to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whose damage-assessment team is expected in Lockport next week.
A notice of claim is a mandatory preliminary to a lawsuit against the city and is reviewed by the city’s liability insurance company. Tucker isn’t asking people to sue, nor is he promising them payments from the insurer, or from FEMA.
“It’s highly unlikely our insurance company will pay any of those claims,” Tucker said at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.
But FEMA needs a list of properties to consider for reimbursement of damages. “It’s a burdensome thing for the Clerk’s Office, but I don’t know any other way to get a list,” Tucker said. The claim forms may be obtained at City Hall, or by phone at 439-6676 to request one to be emailed.