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Ohio storms causes millions in lossesPosted On Fri, April 16, 2010
Ohio's winter storms caused unexpected amounts of damage.
According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the winter storms caused more than $28 million in losses. The institute believes that the amount of losses will continue to rise during the next few months because not all property damage has been reported. More than 12,000 claims were filed across the state, and notably, most of them have been closed by insurers.
While the nation as a whole experienced a harsher than expected winter, Ohio saw record snowfalls. OII president Dan Kelso said "When storms follow each other in quick succession as they did in February, there's little opportunity for accumulated snow to melt. As a result, properties are more susceptible to ice dams forming in gutters and other types of roof-related damages."
The most common types of damage from the storms were caused by fallen trees and limbs, ice dams, water backups in basements, flooding, and frozen pipes.
The national flood insurance program was temporarily suspended when Congress went on recess. During that time, insurers were unable to write new policies. The flood insurance program was reinstated on Thursday.
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