Harvey Texas Tourism

In this Sept. 29 photo, a crew works to clear debris from the Island Cafe that was damaged by Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas, Texas. Tourists are expected to stay away through the holidays, and even the possibility of getting back to business by Spring Break looks bleak.

Eric Gay, Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON — Although the work of catastrophe teams fielding hurricane claims is winding down for State Farm and Country Financial, it is not over and western wildfires are raising yet another concern.

Country does not write policies in Texas or Florida. But the company received more than 3,800 claims in Georgia and Alabama related to Hurricane Irma, according to Country spokesman Chris Stroisch.

“We have scaled back our presence in the impacted areas of Harvey, Irma and Nate. However, we will stay as long as we need to in those areas,” said State Farm's Dundov.

“Right now our teams are surveying the damage (from Nate) and determining the resources needed to respond to our customers' needs.”

At Country, Stroisch said, “Most of our catastrophe teams have returned to their home bases. However, we do have three catastrophe adjusters, in addition to local claims staff, working in Georgia this week with newly reported claims and reinspections. We will continue to send help as needed.”

About 95 percent of the claims from Irma already have been closed, he said.

Country has received only 75 claims in the Southeast because of Nate, said Stroisch.

“Our greatest concern is for the safety of everyone in the affected areas,” said Dundov.

She said the company “is fully prepared to respond to the needs of our customers impacted by these many wildfires across northern California.”

Country does not issue policies for home or auto insurance in California.

“We have only received a handful of claims in Oregon and 10 in Nevada as a result of the various wildfires burning in the West,” said Stroisch.

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