What compensation can I claim from the Department of Water & Power if a street pipe bursts and water floods my house?
A street pipe burst in front of my house (built in 1925). We are on a hillside so the water poured across my lawn and driveway, and burst through the back of the garage into my neighbors property. It took the DWP 2 hours to turn off the water so my driveway and garage had nearly a foot of water. Our house has a walk-in basement the same dimension as the house. Water seeped in through the foundation into the basement up to 2 inches of water. We do not have Flood Insurance (who does in L.A.) so State Farm does not cover. So we are dealing directly with the DWP. They have sent inspectors and say they will cover damages. My question is beyond intrinsic physical objects that have been water-damaged, what can I claim? I.E. I had a box filled with photo albums dating back to my childhood that were soaked. No monetary value, but intense personal value. I'm an artist and some of my work was permanently damaged. How do I claim these things? We have spent 2 weeks clearing out the basement and garage, can we claim time lost, not to mention the physical and emotional duress. We have no hidden agenda, but this has been a horrible experience. Can we ask for compensation for time?
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