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Claims continue to roll in on Malheur County damage

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

VALE – More than 400 individual insurance claims have been filed in Malheur County in the wake of winter storms that barged over the area in January.

Kevin Jefferies of the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services – the agency that regulates banks, credit unions and insurance firms in the state – said so far his office received 486 insurance claims connected to the winter weather.

Of those, 286 are homeowner claims, 48 are auto claims and 126 are connected to agriculture but the total dollar losses weren’t available. The state earlier had incorrectly reported more than 700 claims for Malheur County.

Jefferies said, however, the total is probably higher.

“One insurance company under-reported significantly. That auto claim one will go up as well,” he said.

Jefferies and other representatives held meetings – one in Ontario and one in Nyssa - Tuesday to talk to area residents . . .