JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) - The Missouri Department of Insurance is reporting that Missourians in the St. Louis area filed more than 6,300 insurance claims related to the May 31 tornadoes.
Hundreds of homes were damaged and others destroyed in St. Charles and St. Louis counties. Insurance officials say a total of 6,321 claims were filed by consumers.
The May tornadoes cut a 12- to 13-mile-long swath across central St. Charles County and into northern St. Louis County. The tornado reached E-F3 levels at times, but took no lives.
One of the hardest hit areas was off of Dingledine Road, on Haversham Rd, where neighbors dug through debris looking for people in the damaged homes.
“Consumers have responded quickly in assessing their property damage and getting claims filed, and I commend the insurance industry for their efforts in promptly assisting their policyholders,” said John M. Huff, director of the Missouri Department of Insurance.
The department is also warning people to beware of contractors who show up at your door step and claim to specialize in storm repairs.
If you have property damage, the department encourages you to follow these tips:
- Don’t let contractors inspect your home if you’re not watching. Some unscrupulous workers may cause damage to drive up repair costs and your insurance company will likely not cover the additional damage.
- Once your insurance claim is processed, get at least three estimates from contractors or auto repair shops known to you or recommended by someone you trust. Be suspicious of solicitors who offer to do repairs for you.
- Don’t pay the whole repair bill in advance. Pay in full only when the work is completed according to your agreement.
Consumers can file complaints or ask general insurance questions by calling the department’s Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or by visiting insurance.mo.gov.