Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine plans to meet with officials of the Department of Human Resources to assesstornado damage to a mental hospital in southwest Georgia.
Oxendine said he saw the damage to Southwestern State Hospital in Thomasville only from the air on Monday but a tour of theinterior of the 420-bed facility could reveal that repairs might cost millions of dollars. He said he would consult with DHRofficials on Tuesday.
The commissioner said his "conservative estimate" of insured losses to about 100 homes, commercial agricultural buildings and other structures in Thomas County and neighboring Grady County is $10 million. That raises the estimate of statewide damage from last week'stwisters to $35 million.