This post was written by John Ellison, Rich Lewis and Anthony Crawford.

The Buffalo, New York area has been devastated with record level snowfalls causing widespread damage. Now that the snow has stopped falling, warmer weather and potentially heavy rainfall may cause flooding and will likely exacerbate the losses being experienced. This will complicate insurance claims because policyholders will inevitably face pushback from insurance companies regarding the extent of damage from the snowstorms versus subsequent flooding. In a recent Client Alert, members of Reed Smith’s Global Insurance Recovery Group give Buffalo, New York area businesses short term and long term advice on handling potential property damage or business interruption claims arising from the recent snowstorms.