Dallas Tornado Will Be Most Expensive In Texas History

Steven Pickering
October 23, 2019 - 5:46 pm
Dallas Home Depot Destroyed by Tornado

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DALLAS (KRLD) - The tornado that touched down in Dallas Sunday night will likely be the most costly in the history of Texas.

"We're looking at estimated insured losses of $2 billion," said Mark Hanna with the Insurance Council of Texas. The previous record for damage was the tornado that hit Garland and Rowlett in December of 2015, with damage estimated at $1.2 billion. 

With the Dallas tornado, Hanna says, "you're seeing a lot higher-end homes that were destroyed in this storm. Another big, big reason is the commercial property that was destroyed in this storm. You have schools, a Home Depot, a huge warehouse...you've got a number of restaurants and shopping malls."

Insurance companies have received about 8,300 home-owner claims so far and about 6,000 automobile claims. Hanna says both of those numbers are expected to double.

For those people dealing with storm damage, Hanna says, "document your damage. Look inside, look outside - take photos and video. Make some temporary repairs so you don't have more damage. Keep your receipts and call your insurance agent to get your claim reported as soon as possible, because you won't be alone."