So, you've called the insurance company about the tree that fell on your home, but have you notified your municipality?
Hatboro and Horsham officials said it's paramount for residents to share their structural damage. That information will be included in the municipality's overall damage assessment and could help as towns look to recoup costs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Hatboro is asking all property owners who sustained structural damage to their property as a result of Hurricane Sandy to call borough hall at 215-443-9100. The same approach was carried out last year following Hurricane Irene as part of an extensive property damage report.
Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker said township residents should notify Horsham of property damage resulting from downed trees, or other storm-related issues. In order to be considered for FEMA or PEMA cleanup funding, Walker said the township has to document relevant damage.
Calls can be made to the township at 215-643-3131.
During a two-hour drive Tuesday, Walker said he saw "lots of trees down on private property."
The township's parks and recreation department is still surveying its nearly 50 parks to determine damage to the nearly 900 acres of township property, Walker said.
Both Hatboro and Horsham declared disaster emergencies prior to the brunt of the storm striking. Walker said those declarations "help with funding" and allow the municipality to "bypass state requirements" for typical governmental operations like multiple bids on work - in the event of an emergency.