Official Says Tornado Damage May Not Meet Aid Threshold

The tornado that caused extensive damage in the Billings area Sunday June 20th. (Courtesy Photo)
The tornado that caused extensive damage in the Billings area Sunday June 20th. (Courtesy Photo)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone County's emergency coordinator says insurance is expected to cover most or all of the rebuilding costs caused by this week's tornado. Emergency Coordinator James Kraft said Friday that uninsured damage from the disaster is unlikely to cross the $1.2 million threshold needed to qualify for federal aid.

Sunday's tornado tore apart the state's largest indoor arena and destroyed several Billings businesses. City officials say hundreds of households suffered some damage - either from severe winds or hail that accompanied the tornado. After a Friday tour of the area, Senator Max Baucus urged the county to quickly tally the extent of the damage. He promised to work to deliver federal money even if the city and county do not qualify for disaster aid.

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