The National Insurance Crime Bureau said progress is being made in identifying and
removing thousands of vehicles damaged beyond repair by Sandy. The estimate of
230,000 insurance claims for vehicle damage in the areas affected by Sandy
remains unchanged at this time.
Many of those vehicles were flooded and are
being towed to holding areas where they will be loaded on car haulers and taken
to facilities to be crushed.
Last week, representative from NCIB visited holding areas in Brooklyn where more than
7,000 new vehicles awaiting delivery to dealerships had been parked when Sandy
flooded the area with more than three feet of water. All but 800 cars had been
removed. The vehicles suffered extensive damage as the wind and water shoved
them into each other and flooded their electronic systems, damaging them beyond
"New York City Police and the other law enforcement agencies around the area
were understandably focusing on other emergencies and disaster efforts
initially," said NICB New York Region Operations Director Thomas Lohmann.
they have begun to address the issue of dealing with thousands of flooded and
damaged vehicles, and they are doing an outstanding job of getting these
vehicles towed to holding areas where they can be identified and accounted for
prior to being scrapped. They are also going after towing companies that have
taken cars off the street without permission, and are submitting outrageous
towing and storage bills to insurance companies," he said. By Joseph Szczesny