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More than $170 million worth of insurance claims made from Jefferson City tornado damage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

Jefferson City residents made more than $170 million worth of insurance claims following the May 22 tornado.

The data from the Missouri Department of Insurance shows that insurers made more than $122 million worth of payments from those claims.

Line of InsuranceClaims ReportedClaims Closed With PaymentClaims Closed Withou PaymentLosses PaidLosses Incurred
Residential Property3,0141,870647$43,847,764$50,652,043
Commercial Property645332119$44,202,988$80,869,867
Business Interruption50156$2,971,767$5,027,063
Personal Auto1,2131,013137$7,695,197$8,536,314
Commercial Auto1128018$17,811,929$17,942,179
All Other Lines16011333$6,188,184$7,561,623
Totals5,1943,423960$122,717,830$170,589,089

Data shows that 84 percent of claims submitted have been closed. People made the most claims for residential work, which led to more than $43 million in payments. Insurers made the most payments for commercial work at $44 million.

Those insurance payments will help Jefferson City residents and business owners rebuild following the EF3 tornado on May 22. The city's building department, though, has yet to see half of the properties damaged come to the city to obtain permits for work. A review of permit data and inspections done by the state's SAVE Coalition shows that about 40 percent of properties listed as damaged have requested a permit to either rebuild or demolish. Building officer Larry Burkhardt said he expects to see more work come through his door.

"Right now, they have to finance the repairs or make a decision as to what to do, fix them up or demolish their properties," Burkhardt said.

The city entered into an agreement with the city of Columbia's building department to help when needed. Either city can request the help of the other in the event of a disaster to help review building plans when submitted.

ABC 17 News Investigates / Cole / Jefferson City / News / Top Stories

Lucas Geisler

Lucas Geisler anchors the 5 p.m. show for ABC 17 News and reports on the latest news around mid-Missouri at 9 and 10 p.m.

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