Thousands of claims already filed after storms

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Two Illinois-based insurers say they've received about 6,000 claims so far from Sunday's tornadoes and they expect that figure to climb.

State Farm officials told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph (http://bit.ly/1fc6SE1 ) they've received about 3,500 claims from customers in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana. About 1,800 claims came from Illinois policyholders.

Meanwhile, Country Financial officials say they've received about 2,400 homeowners and auto claims from their Illinois customers.

Both insurers are headquartered in Bloomington.

The Illinois Department of Insurance is offering one-on-one counseling starting Tuesday morning in the Tazewell County city of Washington, which was among the hardest hit communities in the state.

Sunday's storms killed at least six people and damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings.

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Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com