27 S Market Street Plaza P.O. Box 307
Smyrna, DE 19977 Phone: (302) 653-9231
Tropical Storm Isaias - Process toward repairing and rebuilding

Robert C. Johnson, Mayor                                                                                                                                                                                                 D. Barrett Edwards IV, Attorney

TOWN OF SMYRNA

August 7, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias

Process to Repair Property/Structure Damage

Dear Resident:

Tropical Storm Isaias impacted many in our community and the Town wants to try to outline how to simply and effectively ensure you can return to some normalcy sooner rather than later. We are asking for your help to ensure repairs are completed properly, and we are here to make the process efficient and effective for you during these challenging times.

Immediately after the storm passed, staff from the Planning & Inspections Department were on site throughout the Town performing rapid structural assessments of properties with visible damage. We were able to speak directly with many residents as we performed these tasks; however, we were not able to speak with everyone affected. If we did not speak with you directly or if you are not sure if we visited your property, please feel free to reach out to the Planning & Inspections staff at (302) 653-3486 and we will make sure to visit and document any damage you may have incurred and answer your questions. Below you will find a list of next steps that should be taken before any work is completed, except for emergency weatherproofing. We are asking that you:

  • Contact the Planning & Inspections Department at (302) 653-3486 to make sure we have assessed and documented your property.
  • Contact your insurance provider if you have not already done so.
  • Apply for building permits for any and all damage incurred; applications and forms can be found online: https://smyrna.delaware.gov/departments/BuildingInspections
  • Describe all damages incurred in the description section of the building permit application.
  • Supply a copy of the insurance estimate along with your building permit application.
  • Supply the total cost of repairs with your building permit application, (if not included in the insurance estimate).

We recognize that each impacted property is different than the next. The goal of our team is to support you in the time of need and be as flexible as legally possible to allow for quick, but proper, repairs to your homes and property.

Sincerely,
Planning & Inspections Team

(302) 653-3486

permits@smyrna.delaware.gov

GERALD L. BROWN | TABITHA J. GOTT | VALERIE M. FORBES | MARGARET B. MANN | WILLIAM D. PRESSLEY SR. | MICHAEL A. RASMUSSEN

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