Insurers say so far they’ve received about $69 million in claims related to violent storms and flooding that hit Ohio in late February.
The Ohio Insurance Institute says the tally of losses is expected to rise in the coming months as more property damage is detected.
The storms were accompanied by a tornado in central Ohio’s FairfieldCounty and wind gusts of 60 mph or higher in several places. Thousands of homes and businesses lost power.
Streets and neighborhoods were swamped as rivers and streams topped their banks. Many areas received at least 2 inches of rain on top of 6 inches of melting snow already on the ground.
Insurers participating in a survey say almost 15,900 claims have been filed statewide because of damage from the storms.
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