Storm damage: $11 million in insured losses estimated in Georgia

Storms that ravaged parts of Georgia Sunday night caused an estimated $11 million in insured losses, according to Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine.

“That’s a preliminary figure from personally touring the areas and from insurance companies we’ve surveyed so far,” Oxendine said in a news release. “It’s quite possible that more claims will come in, causing the number to rise.”

The storms that moved across Georgia on April 19 caused the most damage in Muscogee and Cherokee Counties. In Alabama, Lee and Russell counties were hardest hit.

Georgians can call the Commissioner’s Consumer Services Division at 404-656-2070 or, outside the Metro area, 1-800-656-2298, if they have questions about a claim, or if they are experiencing difficulty reaching their insurance company. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

According to the news release, consumers with damaged property can take the following steps to begin the claims-filing process:

-Contact your insurance agent immediately if you have had damage to either your house or car; do not delay. Your agent should provide you with claims forms and arrange for an insurance adjuster to visit your property or look at your automobile.

-Secure your property. For example, if your roof was damaged or blown off, or a tree has punctured the roof, cover the affected area with a tarp or plywood to protect your property from further damage. Keep receipts of materials used for repairs; your insurance company will reimburse you for repair costs.