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Midwestern County Residents File 6,000 Insurance Claims After Tornados

Posted on Dec 26, 2013

Two Bloomington, Illinois, insurance companies report that they have collectively received over 6,000 insurance claims from property owners in the wake of a severe storm system that moved through the area in mid-November.

The rare November storms shocked the nation as tornados, high winds, and damaging hail ripped through the Midwest, damaging thousands of homes and businesses. In some cases, entire communities sustained significant damage. The worst hit town was Washington, Illinois, where a powerful tornado leveled many buildings and resulted in multiple deaths. All told, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports that over 1,400 homes in that town alone were significantly damaged or destroyed.

Insurance companies Country Financial and State Farm both reported that they had insurance agents on the ground within hours of the storm, all in an effort to get families the emergency help they needed. In addition, agents were assessing damage, reviewing insurance policies, and helping families file claims. Staff members drove in from across the state as both insurance companies attempted to help their most seriously in need customers first. Some wrote checks immediately so that those hardest hit could find food and shelter for their families.

The Illinois Department of Insurance was also in the Bloomington area in the wake of the tornadoes in an effort to answer common questions and get help for families and business owners who were in need of advice and action.

Both insurance companies encouraged property owners to take pictures of damage before making emergency repairs – as well as to save any receipts related to storm damage, repairs, or emergency needs.

“Act of God” insurance claims can be intricate and difficult to navigate. If you’re needing help with your claim, reach out to experienced attorney today for a free case evaluation: 888-614-7730.

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