Fewer than 100 insurance claims from homeowners and auto owners in the Darlington area have been filed as a result of the tornado that damaged homes and schools there Sunday night. Insurance adjusters began assessing damage on Monday and more insurance claims may be filed during the week, adding to the totals.
State disaster officials say the uninsured damages were not high enough to qualify for federal aid.
Joe Farmer, Public Information Director with the Emergency Management Division gives what figures they have thus far.
A little less than $6 million estimated. And that is aside from the cost of clearing debris which is estimated to be something less than $2 million. Now all of that said, it sounds like there should be some eligibility for federal money assistance. But not so because of the 102 homes that were damaged -most were insured.
He says that does not meet the county’s threshold for federal disaster assistance. The damage would have to be in excess of 25 or more homes having a minimum of 40 percent destruction that is uninsured. Farmer says they’re continuing to look over the destruction in great detail–collating, collecting information and assessing the damage. He says the county is considering whether to request Small Business Administration loans.