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Insurance companies deluged after historic hail storm in Fountain

By: The Gazette
June 14, 2018 Updated: June 14, 2018 at 1:34 pm
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Jackie Jordan sweeps up class from the back windows of his car that was blown out by hail early Wednesday morning on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Jeff Sibel, a spokesman for Progressive, said the Ohio-based company - like other local insurance providers - has declared the early Wednesday morning Fountain hail storm a catastrophe as representatives at its Colorado Springs call center were taking claims from customers.

Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, said the insurance industry will have an estimate of the damage and total of all claims in about a week. The group recommends homeowners or vehicle owners contact their insurance agent or carrier to file a claim, document damage and keep any receipts from temporary repairs needed to prevent further damage.

Insurance giant USAA, which covers mostly active and retired military families, said it had received more than 4,000 claims by 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The San Antonio-based company also has sent its "catastrophe response vehicle" to the Fountain area to handle claims.

Farmers Insurance said it had received 700 claims by 2 p.m. Wednesday.

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