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Heavy Rain & Flood Watch Alert: September 30th.
The National Weather Service warns that a slow moving cold front will produce heavy rainfall across portions of southern New England including Connecticut. Heavy rainfall is expected to impact the area late tonight through Thursday morning. Rainfall rates could exceed an inch per hour at times. Embedded isolated thunderstorms are possible Wednesday, which may enhance rainfall rates. Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are forecast at this time. Locally higher amounts are possible where bands of heavy rain move across the same areas.
Flooding of urban areas, areas with poor drainage, and low lying areas is the greatest threat. Smaller rivers and streams with fast response times are also susceptible to flooding due to rapid runoff from intense rainfall rates.
CIRMA urges its members to take all necessary precautions to protect their property and employees during this severe weather event.
> Download Building Inspections; Preventing Roof Leaks; Preventing Flat Roof Leaks; Preventing Water Damage.

Power outages
A major storm can cause power outages. All downed powerlines should be assumed to be live and the local utility company should be notified of their location. Proper use of emergency generators is important. Electricity from your generator can backfeed to power lines, killing or seriously injuring line crews who are working to repair the lines. A transfer switch stops backfeeding, and also makes using your generator much more convenient, allowing appliances to be operated much like when the power is turned on. Download guidelines for use of Generators and Portable Generators.
After a Flood
Employees should use extreme caution when entering flooded areas. When entering buildings, use extreme caution: structural damage may have occurred where least expected. Visit CIRMA's After a Flood page for more information about these hazards and safe clean-up operations.
After the storm
Download Tree Removal-Brush; Chain Saws; Chippers; Refueling Equipment to review important safety information before clean-up operations. Our Storm Center Pages contain additional information on ways to prevent storm damage to buildings, equipment, and vehicles, to protect workers, and to conduct safe clean up and emergency operations.
For more information on risk management, please contact George Tammaro, Risk Management Supervisor.

Contact CIRMA
To report a property loss, please use any of the following phone numbers or fax numbers:

CIRMA Switchboard: 203-946-3700      
Claims Fax: 203-773-8134
Cathy Gambrell, Liability-Auto-Property Claims Manager
Business: 203-946-3750  Cell: 203-605-3289  Fax: 203-497-2422
Cynthia Mancini, Liability-Auto-Property Claims Manager
Business: 203-498-3019  Cell: 203-804-5917  Fax: 203-497-2472

Brenda Gillis, Sr. Property Claim Representative
Business: 203-946-3751  Emergency: 203-710-4479 Fax: 203-497-2424

All Workers' Compensation claims should be reported using our online Workers' Comp reporting at Catastrophic claims should be reported by calling 1-800-OK-CIRMA.

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