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Flood-damaged vehicles, ho!

September 8, 2017
The Illinois secretary of state’s office on Sept. 6 began closely monitoring vehicle title applications submitted for vehicles registered in the Hurricane Harvey-affected counties in Texas and Louisiana. The vehicles will receive a flood title designation unless the title application is accompanied by a natural disaster disclosure statement signed by the previous owner declaring that the vehicle was not in a natural disaster area or was not damaged.
The Harvey scrutiny will continue until Sept, 6, 2018. Expect similar guidelines for vehicles in the path of Hurricane Irma.
"We are taking every step possible to ensure that flood-damaged vehicles from Hurricane Harvey do not receive clean titles in Illinois," Secretary of State Jesse White said. "In addition to the extra attention these vehicles receive from my office, we are providing a link on our website to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s database of known hurricane-damaged vehicles that consumers can check themselves." 
Media reports indicate that as many as 500,000 vehicles may be affected by the hurricane’s flood waters. That compares to 325,000 vehicles that were damaged in Louisiana in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina, according to the NICB.
For Hurricane Matthew, which struck the Southeast about a year ago, a similar protocol remains in effect through Oct. 2 for vehicles registered in regions of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina that were declared disaster areas because of flooding and storm damage.