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Insurance advice for hail damage

Hail damages homes across Wyomissing

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Golf-ball sized hail fell over the region in just a matter of minutes on Thursday, but its damage is widespread.

Pam Haeuser was one of the homeowners unable to escape the horrific hail.

From the outside, you can see Pam's house has a tarp over the roof. But she says the inside is where the real damage lies.

"The second floor is totally destroyed. The ceilings have fallen in and the walls. So they will be here tearing everything down," said Wyomissing homeowner Pam Haeuser.

Haeuser luckily got her insurance agent out to assess the damage very quickly.

But for her neighbor, Jeff Woytovich, it is a waiting game. He has extensive damage to his garage roof as well as several broken windows.

"It was built in 1920. It is very sturdy, but it was no match for the hail. We collected hail over the size of a golf-ball and it was all over the place," said Wyomissing homeowner Jeff Woytovich.

Insurance Agent Ron Rothenberger, with Rothenberger Insurance Services, says it is normal to have to wait several days for an estimate when there is such extensive damage.

In the meantime, Rothenberger says "contact some sort of remediation company or construction company right away to help to medicate any future damage."

Rothenberger says to be patient and try and contact your agent to see if there is anything to do to speed the process along.

For Haeuser, who lost her previous home 20 years ago to fire, she is used to the claim process and has some advice for her neighbors.

"We will have a long summer with lots of people visiting us doing repairs and hopefully give a lot of people jobs. My advice is just have good insurance. You never know when something like this could strike," said Haeuser.

If you have damage and you are uninsured, go to your local municipal building for more information on assistance.

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