Bloomington residents say city, insurance companies will not help cover flood damage costs

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — A month after the historic rainfall swept through McLean County, Bloomington residents are still dealing with flood damage and some said the city and their insurance companies are not helping cover the costs.

Bloomington resident Julie Miller said she filed a claim against the City of Bloomington for the flood damages in her home from the storms.

She said PMA, the city’s insurance carrier, claims the city has no responsibility for the damages caused by the floods and that her claims were denied. PMA did not give a reason why.

“I wasn’t surprised, honestly,” Miller said. “It was a little bit heartbreaking, but it didn’t surprise me. I would have been more surprised had we found out the insurance was going to cover something towards the damages we received”

She believes the city’s combined sewage system played a role in the substantial damage she and her neighbors saw.

Now facing thousands of dollars in damages, she’s been paying everything out of pocket so far.

But she’s not alone. Their neighbor Harold Harness said he lost tons of personal belongings from the storms and has insurance companies also saying there’s no help.

“All the insurance companies are basically going around and telling people sorry “act of god” or whatever, you’re on your own.”

“Act of God” policies in insurance means disasters caused by natural events out of human control will not be covered.

25 News asked the City of Bloomington for comment, as well as State Farm.

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