Patrick Foreman comforts his wife in what was the second floor of their home. in Joplin, Missouri on May 24, 2011. The tornado hit Joplin on May 22 and is the deadliest single U.S. tornado in about 60 years.
Insurers have spent more than $1 billion in Joplin tornado claims
After spending about $1.13 billion in claims tied to the Joplin tornado, insurers expect payouts to continue to grow.
The head of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration says total insured losses could be $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion. John Huff called the tornado the "largest insurance event in Missouri history."
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is given a tour of the Black River Coliseum by Red Cross volunteers in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on April 26, 2011. A levee on the Black River protecting the area from major flooding breached in several places.
Governor Jay Nixon says he remains committed to seeing levees along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers rebuilt. He told reporters during a press event at a Callaway County farm along the Missouri that farmlands damaged by both high water releases and levee demolition must be restored: