You may be able to
claim a casualty & theft deduction, if the heavy rain was connected to a storm.
Per the IRS, "a casualty occurs when your property is damaged as a result of a disaster such as a storm, fire, car accident, or similar event."
For more information, please click the following IRS link: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p547.pdf
In TurboTax, please do the following:
- Click Federal Taxes
- Click Deductions & Credits
- Look for Other Deductions and Credits
- Casualties and Thefts, click Start
- Stolen or Damaged Items: Did you have anything stolen or damaged in 2016?, click Yes
- Losses From Fraudulent Investments, click No
- Casualty or Theft Event. type in the description and date
You can only claim casualty tax losses if your loss amounts to more than 10% of your adjusted gross income. The IRS requires that insurance reimbursement and an additional $100 are also deducted from the amount you are claiming when taking your casualty loss deduction.