Ont. twister caused more than $30M in damage: Insurance Bureau

An aerial view of the area in Angus affected by a tornado on Tuesday, June 17. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE...

An aerial view of the area in Angus affected by a tornado on Tuesday, June 17. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY

Cheryl Browne, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

ESSA TOWNSHIP, Ont. -- The tornado that ripped through the southern Ontario town of Angus last month caused at least $30 million in damage -- and that's just the insured damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said Wednesday.

"I can say first-hand that the tornado's destruction is devastating for those who have been affected, but the insurers are here to help with the recovery," said Pete Karageorgos, who was in Angus in a mobile unit for days after the tornado struck.

More than 100 homes were severely damaged in the June 17 EF2 twister.

In a press release Wednesday, Karageorgos said he knows several insurance companies brought in extra staff to start issuing cheques to residents to cover their early basic needs and began processing claims immediately.

The Township of Essa has requested about $10 million in emergency disaster relief funding from the province.

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Residents survey the damage after a tornado touched down in Angus, Ont., early Tuesday evening, June 17, 2014. (Mark Wanzel/QMI Agency)

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