Who pays for Camas homes flooded on Halloween?

Insurance doesn't cover extreme weather, homeowners say

When the intense rains hit on Halloween, water poured into the basement of Debbie Hinsely's Camas basement and caused at least $10,000 damage. (KOIN)
When the intense rains hit on Halloween, water poured into the basement of Debbie Hinsely's Camas basement and caused at least $10,000 damage. (KOIN)

CAMAS, Wash. (KOIN) — When the intense rains hit on Halloween, water poured into the basement of Debbie Hinsely’s Camas basement and caused at least $10,000 damage.

“All the windows are wet, all the dry wall in here is wet and the carpet, you can still feel (the water),” she told KOIN 6 News.

She blames it on a clogged drain up the hill from her home. Pictures taken after the storm show tires, a basketball and wood chunks that were removed after the storm.

“That whole pipe had to have been blocked for the water to rise, probably hip level and jump the street and that’s exactly what it did,” she told KOIN 6 News. “So there’s no way they maintain there. They are saying that they maintained it 2 weeks ago, that this is a freak act of nature, that it could have been prevented.”

City Administrator Pete Capell said, “The storm drain was cleaned on September 23,” and that Camas was hit with more than 3 inches of rain and washed the debris into the pipe.

Many Camas residents, like Hinsely, filed claims with the city to get some financial help to repair the damage because most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding from extreme weather.

Capell said he empathizes with the homeowners. “I actually hope that the claims adjuster will help them out,” he told KOIN 6 News.

Hinsely said she’s working with State Rep. Liz Pike to possibly resolve this issue.

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