SHALLOTTE, N.C. (WECT) - The N.C. Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey was in Brunswick County Thursday to assess Isaias-related damage and assist storm victims with property claims.
The NCDOI disaster response center was set up at the Lowe’s in Shallotte. Those needing assistance with filing a claim with their insurance carrier can find resources on the NCDOI website.
Homeowners in Brunswick County sustained extensive damage as a result of dangerous wind, heavy rain, storm surge, and fires.
Commissioner Causey toured damage, including the sites of several fires in Ocean Isle Beach.
“Talking with the mayor, I understand we’ve had 14 house fires and in a matter of two days,” Causey said.
At least a few of those fires have been linked to vehicles short circuiting and catching fire, which then spread to the homes they were under.
In addition to echoing the town’s urging of residents to move flooded vehicles out of the way of homes, Causey said it’s important for residents who have had property damage to act quickly — not only in filing with their insurance companies, but in protecting their property from additional damage.
“If you haven’t contacted your insurance company, or insurance agent, you need to do that immediately as soon as possible and protect the property from any further damage,” he said. “For some of these homes that are completely destroyed. There’s nothing to protect. I mean, it’s been wiped out but for those people that lost some roof, shingles or siding, Maybe some windows knocked out. They need to take steps to protect the property from further damage.”