For Immediate Release - June 29, 2011

Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance Updates Tornado Insurance Claim Numbers: 9,500 claims totaling $175 million

BOSTON - June 29, 2011 - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Insurance today updated estimates on insurance claims resulting from this month's Western and Central Massachusetts tornadoes, with 9,500 claims totaling an estimated $175 million having been reported by insurance carriers.

According to the Division of Insurance, insurance companies have received a total of 5,000 personal insurance claims, totaling $135 million. Companies have received 1,000 commercial property claims, with a price tag of $20 million. There have been 3,500 auto insurance claims filed, totaling $20 million.

The Division of Insurance continues to provide staff at the assistance centers Governor Patrick created to help those impacted by the storm, giving policyholders the opportunity to receive guidance as they navigate the claims process. Consumers can also call the Division's Consumer Hotline at (617) 521-7777 to receive help or learn more at mass.gov/stormrecovery.

The Division of Insurance ( www.mass.gov/doi) is an agency within the Patrick-Murray Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Follow the Office at www.mass.gov/consumer, its Consumer Connections Blog and at its Twitter feed, @Mass_Consumer.

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