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Post-Michael search efforts end as insurance claims mount

Search and recovery teams have completed their survey of the Hurricane Michael disaster zone, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis announced Thursday.

Meanwhile, the number of Michael-related insurance claims reached 117,259, worth nearly $2.75 billion — and “this number will grow,” Patronis’ office said in an update on its storm response.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand the amazing strides these resilient communities have made towards recovery,” said Patronis, who serves as state fire marshal.

“I want the nation to know that the Panhandle is open for business and we are on our way back and will be stronger than ever.”

Of those insurance claims, 3,132 were on policies issued by Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-backed insurer of last resort.

(The Office of Insurance Regulation’s webpage did not yet reflect the updated number Patronis provided. He oversees that agency, too.)

Some 93,108 licensed and appointed adjusters were in the field, plus 3,642 emergency adjusters.

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