2011 Mass. Tornado Damage Estimated At $200 Million

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials say last June’s tornadoes caused about $200 million in damage to insured personal and commercial property.

Gov Deval Patrick’s administration says 98 percent of those 11,500 tornado-related claims have been paid.

State and local officials gathered Tuesday at a home in Springfield damaged during the June 2011 storms to announce findings based on data from the 25 biggest insurers in the state.

Officials say homeowners and businesses also have gotten about $26.7 million in federal assistance to cover uninsured losses.

They also cautioned homeowners to read their insurance policies and make sure they have enough coverage in case of a another disaster.

Four tornadoes touched down during the June 1, 2011 storm, killing three people and damaging or destroying about 1,400 houses and 78 businesses in western and central Massachusetts.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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