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Petition seeks more time to file Hurricane Matthew-related flood insurance claims

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A plaintiff’s attorney has launched a petition drive urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend the deadline for homeowners to document proof of loss with the National Flood Insurance Program.

Thomas Young, of the Law Office of Thomas Young in Tampa, wants the feds to extend the existing 60-day deadline by another 60 days — for a total 120.

He posted his petition Monday at, saying FEMA often issues extensions, giving homeowners and small businesses more time to complete the paperwork.

“As recently as September 2016, these agencies issued extensions for Hurricane Hermine victims and victims of Louisiana’s historic summer floods. Floridians flooded by Hurricane Matthew deserve the same consideration,” Young said in a news release announcing the drive.

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