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April storms in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage

By: - July 13, 2021 5:16 pm

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt says April storm damage is a reminder of how important insurance can be. (April 26, 2021, photo by Tim Carpenter)

The tornados, powerful winds and hail during the April storm season in Kansas caused $22.6 million in damage, the state insurance department said Tuesday.

The estimated cost is based on 2,295 claims in 95 of the state’s 105 counties. During the April 2020 storm season, 6,341 claims totaled $21.2 million.

“We all know Kansas weather is unpredictable,” said Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt. “While we hope to never have to file a claim with our insurance, storm season is an exceptional
reminder of how important insurance can be.”

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Sherman Smith
Sherman Smith

Sherman Smith is the Kansas Press Association’s journalist of the year. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He previously spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. A lifelong Kansan, he graduated from Emporia State University in 2004 as a Shepherd Scholar with a degree in English.