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Homeowners Reimbursed for Flood Damages

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As flood cleanup begins, homeowners may notice damage to their yards from the installation and removal of flood protection materials. Thankfully, the City of Fargo plans to help with some of the costs to repair damages.

Engineering Specialist Steve Sly says, "Let's face it. We're getting tired of flood fighting, and the added expense to go along with it, so it's just the community spirit to help with some costs."

Fargo leaders approved using the "Yard Damage Restoration Program." It was used from 2009 to 2011 to help with some of the costs accrued with flood fighting.

"They must first submit a claim to their insurance. And once that claim is either paid, the city will reimburse the deductible. Which is option one," says Sly.

Option two is that the city will reimburse some expenses not covered by insurance. It will reimburse 80 percent of expenses for sandbag levees or all expenses for clay levees, both up to $2000.

Some eligible damages include lawn damage, irrigation system repairs, and cracks in the driveway.

Less flood work this year, however, should mean less damages for homeowners to repair.

More Information:

ELIGIBLE DAMAGE/REPAIR COSTS:

 Vegetation/Trees

 Restoration of lawn damage with Seed or Hydro‐Seed

 Irrigation system repairs

 Patio blocks/paver repairs

 Driveways – from sidewalk to house

 Incidentals related to placement of the primary protection line

 Other (as applicable and verifiable)

INELIGIBLE DAMAGE/REPAIR COSTS:

 Garage damage

 Water bills

 Extended fertilizer

 Sod

 Damages caused by seepage

 Damages caused by sump pump failure or sewer backup

 Damages caused by loss of power

 Cracked foundations

 Sprinkler system expansions or relocations

 Equipment purchased privately to restore property

 Costs reimbursed by FEMA or other private insurance

 REPAIRS TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY CITY UNDER FEMA PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

 City Sidewalks

 Street Repair

 Miscellaneous Boulevard Repair

 Other Public Infrastructure

Submit to the City of Fargo Engineering Department using one of the following options on or before June 30, 2013:

 Mail Application and Attachments to:

City of Fargo

Engineering Department

Attn: Yard Damage Restoration Claim

200 3rd Street North

Fargo, ND 58102

 Fax Application and Attachments to:

o 701‐241‐8101

Attn: Engineering Department

 E‐mail Application and Attachments to:

o floodrepair@cityoffargo.com

Link to "Yard Damage Restoration Program" Application:

http://files.cityoffargo.com/content/01c4d8ba6c77da1a709d29037cccf5d169367f48/Yard%20Restoration%20Application%202013%20-%20Final.pdf

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