Insurance Dept. helping Okla. recover after deadly tornadoes

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May 20 is a day etched in the minds of many.

That's when deadly tornadoes ripped through part of our state leaving a trail carved into the earth. Insurance graphic

It was one month ago when our state was thrust into the spotlight, not just for the powerful storms but the price tag associated with the devastation.

We have now learned insurance claims filed in response to May's tornado outbreak have increased to more than $560 million.

May 19 & 20 Tornado Insurance Claims

Homeowners made 17,182 claims for $374,144,234

Private Auto claims: 21,218 costing $61,427,445

Commercial Property claims: 993 costing $18,727,906

Commercial Auto claims: 457 costing $1,450,418

Other claims: 415 costing $3,216,276

May 30 & 31 Tornado Insurance Claims

Homeowners claims: 16,626 costing $62,945,489

Private Auto claims: 10,475 costing $19,067,584

Commercial Property claims: 1,557 costing $10,600,186

Commercial Auto claims: 306 costing $1,459,668

Other claims: 391 costing $1,360,596

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak joined us in studio to talk more on the rebuilding process and the tools out there to help.

Thankfully many of the victims were insured but the claims process can be complicated.

Doak said his office has a team of experts ready to assist consumers.

Some of the top questions those affected include, how to file a claim, what to do if your claim is denied, how to file a complaint and how to spot fraud.

The commissioner said he and his team can help with those questions and any others you might have after the storms.

The OID is hosting a series of educational forums for storm victims.

The weekly forums allow impacted Oklahomans to ask questions and receive assistance with insurance-related issues related to the May tornadoes.

The "Recovering From a Disaster Insurance Forums" are happening at the locations across the metro.

Attendees will be able to ask questions about individual insurance concerns. 

Help is also available by calling 1-800-522-0071.

Recovering From a Disaster Forums 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.:
June 24 - Little Axe High School
July 2 - Carney Community Center
July 9 - Moore Community Christian Church
July 16- El Reno High School

OID consumer assistance representatives are stationed at Westmoore High School Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help as well.