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Damage from last year's Colorado hail storm jumps to $2.3B

By: The Associated Press
May 7, 2018 Updated: May 7, 2018 at 9:39 pm
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Patrick Clark inspects his damaged car after a strong spring storm moved through the metropolitan Denver area Monday afternoon, May 8, 2017. The storm moved quickly through downtown Denver, creating rivers of hail and a layer of ice on Coors Field ahead of a Colorado Rockies baseball game. (AP Photo/P. Solomon Banda)

DENVER — The massive hail storm that pummeled the northern Front Range a year ago generated nearly $900 million more in damage than first estimated, as claims from homeowners doubled in the months that followed.

The Denver Post reported Monday that insurers initially estimated they would receive claims for $1.4 billion in home and auto damages. But the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association has upped that number to $2.3 billion.

Carole Walker, executive director of the association, said the amount of damaged property caused repairs to drag on for months.

Walker said that auto body shops were so backed up that some cars weren't repaired until this spring, while some roof repairs were still taking place this winter.

The storm hit during the afternoon, when cars were out on the road or in workplace parking lots.

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Vehicles drive through a flooded street at the intersection of 10th Street and 11th Avenue in downtown Greeley, Colo., Monday, May 8, 2017. A strong spring storm dropped a blanket of hail throughout much of Denver and prompted severe thunderstorm warnings across the Eastern Plains. (Joshua Polson/The Greeley Tribune via AP) 
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