What to expect if filing a homeowner's claim
If it wasn't the wind and the rain, it was the rising water that damaged countless homes from North Carolina to Vermont.
Homeowners are picking up the soggy pieces and assessing the damage after Irene swept through. Although the hurricane-turned-tropical storm didn't cause as much destruction as initially feared, it touched communities in a dozen states and left an estimated $3 billion to $7 billion of mangled siding, downed trees, and worse in its wake.
Here are some tips for starting the claims process with your insurance company, and a look at what you might encounter.