BOSTON (AP) — The financial toll from tornadoes that ravaged Springfield and several smaller Massachusetts communities has risen to an estimated $175 million.

The state’s Division of Insurance estimated Wednesday that residents and businesses have filed 9,500 insurance claims for damage caused by the June 1 tornadoes, making it the state’s costliest natural disaster in recent memory.

Donate: The CBS Boston Cares Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund

Of those claims, 5,000 were home insurance claims totaling $135 million; 3,500 were auto insurance claims totaling $20 million; and 1,000 were commercial property claims totaling $20 million.

The figures are up from the last count of 8,200 claims totaling $140 million.

Mass. Gov: Tornado Recovery

The state and federal government are offering aid to for Hampden County and portions of Worcester County where the three tornadoes touched down.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s