Thousands of Damage Claims From Tuesday's Storms

Roofer says repairs could take all summer

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    Insurance companies say they will have more adjusters in North Texas on Thursday.

    Insurance companies promise to have more adjusters in North Texas on Thursday to confront thousands of damage claims from Tuesday night’s storms.

    Late Wednesday, State Farm Insurance reported about 2,400 homeowner and 4,200 auto insurance claims had been filed. Farmers Insurance reported more than 700 as of midday Wednesday.

    Insurance Claims Through the Roof After Storms

    [DFW] Insurance Claims Through the Roof After Storms
    It will take months to handle the hundreds of insurance claims after Tuesday's storms in North Texas. (Published Friday, May 27, 2011)

    Jerry Johns, president of the Austin-based Southwestern Insurance Information Service said the industry expects about 200,000 damage claims in total -- $200 million to $300 million in claims.

    He said the fact that the wind and hail storms hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward the end of the evening rush hour resulted in more cars being exposed to hailstones larger than golf balls.

    Hail Damage Repairs May Take All Summer

    [DFW] Hail Damage Repairs May Take All Summer
    Many North Texans said they consider themselves lucky to only have to deal with car and roof repairs from hail damage. (Published Wednesday, May 25, 2011)

    According to State Farm's claims, Irving was the hardest-hit city.

    Trees, roofs and cars were heavily damaged in several Irving neighborhoods.

    Residents said hail was as large as softballs, and the National Weather Service also confirmed Wednesday that some wind damage in Irving was the result of a tornado.

    "It was roaring, so my safest place was in the bathroom in the hallway, so that's where I went," Irving homeowner Dottie Vaughn said.

    North Texas Cleans Up Storm Damage

    [DFW] North Texas Cleans Up Storm Damage
    The Metroplex is busy repairing damage from strong winds and large hail that battered trees, homes and cars. (Published Thursday, May 26, 2011)

    At the height of the storm, a large tree came crashing through her roof. But she said she was relieved to be confronting a big repair job instead of something worse.

    "As far as I know, there's no one in our neighborhood that's hurt, so that's a miracle," Vaughn said.

    The National Weather Service Assesses Damage

    [DFW] The National Weather Service Assesses Damage
    The number of tornadoes that touched down in DFW Tuesday could jump from one to five when the National Weather Service finishes its investigation. (Published Wednesday, May 25, 2011)

    State Farm claims have also been filed in Sherman, Mesquite, Dallas, Fort Worth, Saginaw, Keller, Arlington, Euless, Hurst, Bedford, Haslet, Southlake and North Richland Hills.

    It may take all summer to finish all the repairs, said Rene Almendarez, a sales manager with Clear Creek Roofing Company.

    "It's a bad thing," he said. "It's inconvenient for the homeowner, and this neighborhood is going to get very busy. There's going to be a lot of roofers like myself coming and knocking on doors."

    Almendarez said some roofs that appear to be fine from the ground sustained hail damage that would make the roof leak in the future.

    "Once that happens, it's much more costly event," he said.

    Insurance companies urge customers to check a contractor's license and references carefully and to get everything in writing before any work is performed.