Weekend storm damage could top $100 million

9:02 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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ROSEVILLE, Minn. - As parks were being cleaned and the city of Roseville prepares to pickup storm debris from people's homes, city leaders were bracing for the cost.

"In the hundreds of thousands for sure," says Roseville's acting city manager Patrick Trudgeon. "You'd have to go back to the 1981 tornado here in Roseville for the amount of damage that has occurred."

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton praised the efforts of local municipalities and Xcel Energy in their cleanup efforts.

Insurance companies are just beginning to grasp the cost of the damage.

"I think we'll easily get to the $25 million mark that labels this as an official 'catastrophe,'" says Mark Kulda with the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.

As of this morning, IFM reports 15,000 homeowners insurance claims, 2,000 car insurance claims and the number of business claims for things like spoiled products and lost income is not yet known.

A grand total is a long way off but between insurance companies and local governments, Kulda estimates this storm could be one of the priciest in Minnesota history.

"When we end up totaling all the dollars in this catastrophe, we could get to 100 million dollars."

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