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July 2, 2013

Property losses should be documented

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — According to City Attorney John Ottaviano, the notice should include: the name, address and telephone number of the claimaint; the name, address and telephone number of the owner of property where losses occurred; the date, location and reason for loss (such as basement flooded, sewer backed up, etc.); and any available proof of losses, such as photographs, copies of receipts, contractors' repair estimates and/or a police report if one was filed.

The document must be signed and dated by the claimant, notarized and delivered to the City Clerk's office only, Ottaviano said.

New York State Lt. Governor Robert Duffy said a state/federal "Individual Assessment" team will be dispatched to Lockport next week to look in on flood-damaged residential and commercial properties. Notices of claim will help the city inform the team where to look, Mayor Michael Tucker said.

Disaster aid for private property owners is not routine or guaranteed, but Tucker appealed successfully to the state to OK at least a preliminary look at the claims.

"We're doing our best to make sure everybody's taken care of," he pledged in a rare public address ahead of Tuesday night's Common Council business meeting.

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