Hurricane Harvey

Corey Carpenter, 7, eats crackers in what used to be his cousin's yard that was flooded when Hurricane Harvey hit Bayside, Texas Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. (The Victoria Advocate via AP)

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BLOOMINGTON — State Farm has dispatched eight special trucks to Texas and thousands of specialists are working on claims related to Hurricane Harvey, according to a company spokeswoman.

As of the end of the day Sunday, State Farm had received more than 5,000 homeowner and auto claims, spokeswoman Missy Dundov said Monday.

“We are already working claims and we will be there as long as needed,” she said in an email response to questions.

Country Financial does not conduct business in Texas or neighboring Louisiana and doesn't have financial representatives in either state, according to Chris Stroisch, Country Financial public relations supervisor.

“We are, however, working with the American Red Cross to determine how we can assist with their relief efforts,” Stroisch said.

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest to hit the mainland United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004 and the strongest to hit Texas since Hurricane Carla in 1961.

Dundov said: “Our hearts go out to the people whose lives have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. Our greatest concern is for the safety of everyone in the affected areas.”

She said thousands of on-the-ground claims specialists and in-office employees are working on the claims, along with agents and agents' staff.

“Our on-the-ground team also has the advantage of a fleet of mobile claim handling facilities, innovatively designed to support our ability to provide optimal customer service even under challenging conditions,” said Dundov.

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