Brett Blume

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Repair shops and insurance companies remain busy, more than two weeks after a powerful windstorm tore through St. Louis, leaving one person dead and dumping up to softball-sized hail on the parts of the region.

To get a feel for the storm’s impact KMOX News spoke with Wade Wheeler, an agent with State Farm insurance, one of the area’s largest providers.

He says so far they’ve handled 18,000 claims related to the April 28th storm…and that number continues to rise.

“That breakdown is about twelve-thousand auto and about six-thousand homeowners’ claims,” Wheeler reports. “We’re seeing the newly-reported claims start to tail off now.”

But he says the five drive-through claim stations they’ve set up in some of the hardest-hit communities will remain operational “until the last claim is filed”.

“We have one set up in Hazelwood, one in Bridgeton, one in Maryland Heights, one in St. Peters, and then just recently one in Sunset Hills,” Wheeler says.

Policy holders who haven’t already filed a claim related to the April 28th storm are being encouraged to contact their individual State Farm agent to set up an appointment at one of the drive through sites, although Wheeler explains that they certainly won’t turn away customers who simply show up with a claim.

To expedite the claims process, policy-holders should have coverage confirmation in the form of their insurance card as well as any photos of storm damage.


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