More than 22,400 property and auto insurance claims related to the May 19 and May 20 tornadoes have been filed, and that number is expected to rise in the coming weeks, according to the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
The claims that have already been filed represent insured losses of at least $85 million. The tornadoes damaged 3,937 structures in the state, destroying 1,248 structures, the Oklahoma Department Emergency Management said.
“The staggering number of claims in one week's time shows just how disastrous severe weather can be in our state and the importance of protecting yourself with insurance,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said in a statement.
Several Insurance Department consumer assistance booths are open to continue helping storm victims with insurance claims and questions. The agency has opened an Insurance Command Center at 301 NE 27 in Moore to help insurers and consumers. That center will remain open indefinitely.
The department also has opened booths at the Little Axe Elementary School gymnasium, 2000 168th Ave NE in Little Axe; Carney High School, Rooms 5-7 at 304 S Carney Road in Carney; and at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, 1 John C. Bruton Dr., in Shawnee.