North Charleston officials and inspectors began flood damage assessments over the weekend, but citizen participation is still needed. With over 42,000 housing units in North Charleston, it is very difficult for inspectors to be aware of all flood damage.
City officials are asking residents to report flood damage or water intrusion of any degree. Citizens can report by calling 843-740-2533, 843-740-2562, or 843-740-2569 or by emailing email@example.com. We ask that these contacts only be used to report flood damage, not for general information.
After notified, city inspectors will document damage with a home visit and will perform a life safety inspection to ensure no hazards exists within the flood damaged structure. For property with damage already observed from initial drive-through assessments, inspectors will approach the home and ask the resident to enter for a proper assessment.
Documentation of all flood damage within the City is in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Assessments must be documented for disaster declarations, which may lead to federal assistance.
Even if flood damaged homes are insured by general homeowner insurance or flood insurance, the properties need to be assessed.
Due to damage assessments, all normal building and fire inspections for general permits have been postponed until Wednesday, October 7, 2015.