Georgia Ins. Commissioner Visits Tornado-Damaged Counties

April 3, 2003

Georgia Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine has called on the state’s insurance companies to expedite storm damage claims – estimated at $2.5 million — resulting from the recent deadly tornadoes in Mitchell and Worth counties.

Commissioner Oxendine visited the affected counties today to assess the damage and meet with victims. He has also dispatched specialists from his Consumer Services Division to the area to assist victims with their insurance needs.

“Individuals in these areas have suffered devastating losses and should receive special consideration with regards to their insurance claims,” Oxendine said. “I have notified the larger insurers and expect them to first and foremost take care of the immediate needs of their
policyholders. This includes providing immediate emergency funds for basic necessities such as food and shelter.”

Reports are that the storms that rolled through South Georgia resulted in at least six deaths and severe property damage.

Approximately 160 homes were damaged or destroyed, the Commissioner said.

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