Last week, Massachusetts fell victim to an outbreak of violent tornados, causing $90 million in damage, according to Barbara Anthony, undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. The tornados were focused in the Western region of the state, causing damage on an enormous scale.
These recent figures, says Anthony, accounts only for the damage done to homes and does not factor auto and business claims. To date, more than 5,000 insurance claims have been filed, many coming from residential areas. More claims come in on a daily basis.
The extent of the damage is akin to the tragedy that befell Joplin, Missouri, only a week before. In the chaos of the aftermath, concerns have risen amongst state officials regarding unlawful contractors looking for an easy pay day. Anthony has warned homeowners to exercise caution, as they are at risk of being cheated by these unsavory folk.
“If you see one of these fly-by-night sorts, there’s not going to be a lot we can do to help,” says Anthony.
Those that have had their homes damaged by the tornados are being encouraged to document the extent of the damage in detail. Insurers note that any repairs that homeowners make themselves should be documented as well so that they may be reimbursed in accordance with their policy.
The city of Springfield was among those most affected by the tornados. City officials are still awaiting the area to be declared a disaster by FEMA.