Ann Avery, a spokeswoman for State Farm, says the number of insurance claims is adding up quickly due to the hail, high winds and flash flooding.
“It’s the kind of damage that is consistent with a wind and hail storm,” Avery says. “There’s damage to homes and cars. We’ve all seen some pretty dramatic photos.”
In some cases, homes and cars were battered by fallen trees that were uprooted by 95-mile-per-hour winds. Large hail and flooding also caused significant damage.
Avery says safety should be the top priority when surveying storm damage. If your windows were knocked out by hail, she says to make temporary repairs to prevent further damage to a home or vehicle.
“We do encourage people to save their receipts for any purchases they incur in the process of doing that,” Avery says. As for those needed permanent repairs, Avery says it’s important to take time to choose a reputable contractor.
“Ask for references, ask about certificates of insurance, maybe consider contacting your local Better Business Bureau,” Avery says. “Just take care to choose someone who will help you recover appropriately.”
In the Omaha suburb of Blair, some 4,500 vehicles at a car dealership were badly damaged by baseball-sized hail. Damage is estimated at $15-million at Woodhouse Auto. The courthouse in Blair sustained at least $1.2 million in damage from heavy rain after the hail shattered windows and skylights.