Posted 6/21/16 (Tue)
By Carrie Sandstrom
The storm may have passed but the damage is still lingering.
Gusting winds and golf-ball sized hail blitzed through Crosby and the surrounding area late in the afternoon of June 9 leaving the town covered in fallen leaves and branches, broken windows, damaged siding and dented out cars.
Wednesday last week, Brant Jacobson had a tent set up outside American Family Insurance on Main Street. A senior adjuster with the company, he handles auto claims, including vehicles, campers and trailers. Since he arrived the weekend of June 10, the work has been steady, he said, with as many as 20 people coming by on a single day.
Jacobson said the storm that hit Crosby and the surrounding area on June 9 was “not the typical storm.” Although the hail wasn’t as large as some storms, he said gusting winds saw hail hitting the sides of vehicles, not just the tops, leading to more damage.
Although he wasn’t able to give out dollar figures as to the extent of the damage as part of company policy, Jacobson said based on the cost of the estimates, the amount of damage done by the storm was “substantial.”
In addition to Jacobson, two American Family property adjusters and one independent adjuster are also in town. The property adjusters will likely be in the area for the next few weeks as they work to handle claims.
Farmer’s Union Insurance also has had around 10 adjusters in town dealing with auto insurance claims in addition to crop and property claims. Agent Amber Haugland said adjusters will plan to be in the area until the job is done, which will likely take another week or so.
Haugland said they won’t know the full extent of the damage until the adjusters have finished their work.
“For this area, not just for this company, it’s going to be millions of dollars between crops and homes and auto,” Haugland said. “It’s a pretty big one.”
As folks work to return their cars and property to the conditions they were in before the storm, Haugland warns that several out-of-town companies have also been in the area. She urges people to make sure whoever they work with is licensed and bonded in the state of North Dakota, and she encourages people to ask for references if they aren’t familiar with the people they’re working with.