Homeowners rush to get roofs patched, replaced before storms

By Lindsey Gordon

Published 06/03 2014 09:15PM

Updated 06/04 2014 11:41AM

TUSCOLA -- Homeowners hope this round of storms is nothing like two weeks ago. The town saw devastating hail damage to homes. Since then, crews have been racing to repair the damage. WCIA-3 Lindsey Gordon has the story. 

The town saw hail the size of softball in some places. You can imagine the holes they left behind. Now, it's a race against time. 

"They told me it would take one day, you know, they'll tear it all off and put it all on in the same day and that's what they plan to do," said Judy Schenkel, a homeowner on Daggy Street. 

After her house took a beating from the storm, Schenkel wasted no time, "The storm ended at 4:30 pm, and I made my claim then."

There was a crew of ten roofers at her home Tuesday, and planned to be done before the clouds rolled in. 

Schenkel hasn't had any leaks and she wants to keep it that way.

"That's why the roof's going on when it is," she said. 

A few streets away, another crew is also moving fast.

"We're hoping we don't get another storm tonight like the one we already had," said Steve Lacine, who is overseeing the repairs on his daughter's roof.

Lacine is also an insurance agent. He says the last two weeks have been non-stop. 

"Probably more claims in a week than we would normally get in a year. Probably, possibly than two years," he said. 

Lacine says agents and adjusters have been warning crews and homeowners about the weather. 

"The adjusters are emphasizing, they look at a house and see possible leakage, they're calling to say, 'Get a hold of that person, tell them, find someone, get it tarped,'" he said.

Back at Schenkel's, she feels lucky she's getting her whole roof replaced. Now that more storms are coming, she doesn't want a repeat. 

"Hope it doesn't happen again in the next 50 years," she said.

Replacing or repairing a roof can range from $10,000 - $20,000. When you add water damage, claims can go up by thousands more.

Damage caused by wind and hail cost State Farm and its policyholders almost $4 billion in 2012. Texas was the state with the most wind and hail losses. Illinois was second. Indiana was sixth.

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