Denton Storm Damage Loss Estimate Revised to $500M

May 5, 2014

The April 3 hailstorm in Denton and nearby cities has resulted in a steady stream of hail-damaged automobiles pouring into north Texas auto body repair shops. The number of homes that received hail damage also continues to rise prompting the Insurance Council of Texas to revise and increase its insured loss estimates from $300 million to $500 million.

Darrell Jenkins, owner of Gene’s Paint and Body Shop in Denton, said he has cars lined up for repair through February of 2015. “This week was the first time we have seen the number of cars coming in for repair finally slow down,” said Jenkins. “We have seen a number of cars totaled and we seen cars whose back windows had tennis ball and baseball size holes. We’ve seen everything.”

Thunderstorms packing up to softball size hail rumbled through the city of Denton twice on April 3, damaging automobiles, homes and businesses in its path. The storms moved eastward producing at least four confirmed tornadoes, wind gusts up to 82 mph and large hail.

“When it’s all said and done, the storm will have damaged at least 35,000 automobiles and approximately 22,000 homes,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas. “To ensure quality work we encourage both automobile owners and homeowners to utilize reputable local businesses in making their repairs.”

Source: Insurance Council of Texas

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