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Flood waters submerged the San Diego neighborhood of North Park in the early hours of January 5, 2016, after a water main burst. Bewildered residents were left with submerged homes and saturated property after thousands of gallons of dirty water rushed through the neighborhood mercilessly. People have questions. Here are some answers.

Here’s my interview with FOX5 San Diego on the North Park Water Main Break: Attorney offers advice to North Park Flood victims.

North Park Water Main Break: Flood Coverage

Homeowners and renters policies exclude damage caused by “flood.”

“Flood” is understood as overflowing, surging waters affecting at least two different properties. In other words, the water damage is not restricted to one home; it is spread among many. The North Park Water Main Break is a classic example of a “flood” as understood in homeowners and renters policies. What that means is that the damage will not be covered under a homeowners or renters policy.

If you purchased flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program, then you should be covered.

If you car was damaged and you have comprehensive coverage, then make a claim with your auto insurance company. The damage to your car should be covered, but your insurance company will limit your recovery to the actual cash value of the car.

If you want more information on homeowners policies, read El Niño Cometh: Understanding your Homeowners Policy.

North Park Water Main Break: Flood Liability

If the North Park water main was maintained by the City of San Diego, you should bring a claim against the City of San Diego. Read this: How to File a Claim Against the City of San Diego. Pay attention to the requirements and time limits. If you don’t, you will lose your claim.

Don’t be surprised, however, if the City of San Diego denies your claim or, at best, pays you pennies on the dollar.

Questions? Contact Me for a free consultation.




Evan Walker

Evan W. Walker is a La Jolla attorney who has practiced law since 2008. He has practiced law throughout California, Connecticut, and Louisiana.

Evan worked for and defended insurance companies during the first 7 years of his practice. Since 2015, he has represented people with personal injury and property damage claims and insurance disputes.

Evan’s practice is devoted to serious personal injury claims and catastrophic property damage claims. Areas of focus include security claims against bars and other businesses, government tort claims, fire and flood claims, and inverse condemnation. On behalf of clients, Evan has fought insurance firms, international companies, cities, bars, and casinos.

Evan regularly shares his expertise with other attorneys by teaching courses on insurance and inverse condemnation. He has taught several continuing legal education courses to Attorney Credits, a nationwide CLE company, and ProLawCLE, another nationwide CLE company. He also contributes to various podcasts and publications.


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