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Thursday, 24 June 2010 18:10

Weekend-long Hailstorm Caused Wide- Spread Damage in the Clovis, NM, Area

Dime-sized hail dents to vehicles in the Clovis, NM, area on June 12 brought a truckload of work for insurance companies and body shops.

George Songer, owner of Rembrandt’s Auto Body Shop in Clovis, said he received 256 claims in just one day on June 16.

“We’re so busy we can’t get to our collision repair we already have in,” Songer said. Songer also said he saw a lot of dime to egg-sized dents and mostly broken sunroofs, rather than broken windshields, thanks to the spring storm. He estimates that some cars coming in may also be totals.

Chuck Jones, a forecaster for the National Weather Service, said the storm dropped .62 inches of rain in Portales, making it the fifth wettest June 12 on record. An exact rain amount for Clovis was not available, but Jones said the storm most likely dropped “well over an inch” of rain. The storm brought snow-like hail that blanketed the streets, which made for dangerous driving conditions over the weekend.

The hail damage is so widespread Songer said he can’t keep up with the number of claims coming into his direct-repair shop. Songer said he has been writing a lot of estimates and is even glad to lose some of the jobs to insurance companies’ DRPs because they’re so swamped.

 

However, a fellow business in Albuquerque has more personnel on the way to help make the repairs. May Martinez-Hendershot, spokesperson for State Farm Insurance, said the company had a catastrophic loss team on the way from Albuquerque, and some of them are in Clovis.

Hendershot said as of 3 p.m. June 14, State Farm had received 360 auto claims and 80 homeowner claims in the Clovis area relating to the storm. Hendershot said the company is looking for a location to set up a drive-in auto claim center to make it easier for customers to file and process a claim.

Other counties in the area saw heavy rains and high winds throughout the week but did not experience any hail.

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