Collinsville, Oklahoma
July 23-24, 2013
High Winds Cause Damage
Wind Storm About MIdnight Tuesday Damaged Trees Locally
Some Without Power Here
Tulsa Had Thousands Without Power

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Press Release:
July 25, 2013

Commissioner Doak Declares Emergency in Response to Severe Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – After a round of severe weather caused thousands of power outages and millions of dollars in damages, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has declared an emergency in Oklahoma. The declaration allows emergency claims adjusters to obtain temporary licenses to expedite the insurance claims process and provide immediate assistance to impacted Oklahomans.

“I will do all I can to make sure Oklahomans get the help they need as quickly as possible,” said Doak. “We know insurers are already stretched thin from the May tornadoes, so we need to make sure they can bring in additional people to handle these claims and take care of policyholders.”

A line of severe thunderstorms with powerful winds blew across northeast Oklahoma late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, bringing down trees and power lines and damaging roofs in several counties.

Commissioner Doak offers the following tips for storm victims:
•Call your insurance company or agent as soon as possible. Ask what forms, documents and information you will need to provide in order to process your claim.
•Take photos or video of the damage.
•Make the necessary repairs to prevent further damage to the property. Examples include covering broken windows, leaking roofs and damaged walls. Do not make permanent repairs until your insurance company has inspected the property and you have reached an agreement with them on the cost of appropriate repairs.
•Save all receipts, including those from the temporary repairs that might be covered by your insurance policy.
•If your home is damaged to the extent that it is unlivable, ask your insurer if you have coverage for living expenses incurred while repairs are being made. Save all receipts to document these costs.

What Damage to Your Home is Covered?

Damages caused by wind, wind-driven rain, trees or other falling objects, and the collapse of a structure are covered under most standard homeowners policies. However, you should review your individual insurance contract to determine specific coverage and exclusions. Check your policy and call your insurance agent or company for clarification with specific questions.

What Damage to Your Home is Not Covered?

The following weather-related events are usually not covered by standard homeowners insurance policies:
•Interior storm-water damage when there was no damage to the home's roof or walls
•Flood damages
•Removal of fallen trees from the property, unless those trees land on and damage the roof and walls of the home
•Food spoilage due to power outages
•Water damage from backed-up drains or sewers

Oklahomans with insurance questions are encouraged to call the OID’s Consumer Assistance Division at 1-800-522-0071.

For more information contact:

Kelly Collins
(405) 522-0683

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

Winds Estimated At More Than 70 Miles Per Hour
This major limb was blown from a tree by the alley in the parking lot of the Bank of the Lakes (and former ESC) a half block from City Hall. There were a bunch of people standing under that limb just days before as the awards were presented after the Rock Gym's 5K Run Friday.
This entire tree (in a yard at 19th and Oak) was uprooted by the late evening wind storm accompanied by lightning and rain Tuesday. The tree appear to be mostly dead already so didn't have much of a root system.
I never lost (city) power at my house overnight and had it at work this morning so didn't think it was a local issue (just Tulsa) but after a quick check of Facebook complaints of power outages in this area ... checked the VVEC web site and found they are still working relative low numbers of outages in several areas. -- Ted Wright -- noon July 24, 2013 (from strong winds overnight)
Update (Thursday 4pm) VVEC has now cleared the outage map above except for 1 square mile (with 2-10 folks impacted) just west of Highway 75 on Highway 20)
This photo was taken Tuesday afternoon (before the windstorm) showing some parched looking new sod by the new portion of trail in City Park. I'm not sure how long the new the sod had been in place but suspect it benefitted by about 3 inches of rain Sunday July 21st and then a bit more Tuesday night (July 23rd). -- Ted Wright
Note: I suspect there may have been other wind damage in Collinsville Tuesday night ... but the two trees above were the only big ones I've seen in my short commutes to work this week. -- Ted