Repairs Begin After Hail Of A Night

By: John Chapman, Alex Hassel, Chase Moffitt Email
By: John Chapman, Alex Hassel, Chase Moffitt Email
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Many residents of west Omaha are dealing with damaged roofs, trees and busted skylights from Tuesday night’s hailstorm.

“It was like something was running on top of the roof, you know what I mean? A lot of weight, yeah, wow, not like a rain or nothing, you can feel the weight of it all come at once. Don Davis was watching TV when the hail began to fall. The skylight in his bathroom now has a few holes in it.

Pete Petrashak reported the skylight in his home near 132nd and Center was broken by large hail. Glass came crashing into the bathroom.

The neighborhood near 126th Avenue and Crown Point lost a lot of skylights. Margie Vanderschaaf and her husband were inside their home when it happened to them. “We heard a noise on the side of the house like a bang and then all of a sudden we heard bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang all over the place and then we knew we were having some hailstorm.”

The Vanderschaafs asked Valley Boys Roofing for an estimate. It said the entire roof was totaled. Of course it could always be worse. “Material things can always be replaced. We're fortunate we didn't have a major storm that did a lot of devastation.”

Judy Hall said she's never seen anything like it. “I've lived in Nebraska all my life, seen a few hailstorms, but this is the worst I've seen.”

For Brent Cizek of Bradco Companies, the storm has a totally different meaning. “It looked like good, clean busy work to us so I was excited, looked like money, yeah, exactly.” Brent is a roofer and he's been busy all day. He'll fix Don's skylight and later he will have to repair his roof.

Stan Richards was busy cleaning debris left behind by the storm. His patio roof took some abuse, but he'll have to get someone on the roof before he can figure the total amount of damage. “That’s all split over, but I'm sure there’s probably damage on the roof, too, but you can’t tell ‘til you get up there. If it can go through that plastic it might go through a rubber shingle.”

Some of the hailstones were close to the size of golf balls. The above picture was sent in by Glenn Bauer from 158th and Leavenworth. In some areas, streets were covered with hail resembling fallen snow.

When there's storm damage, scammers always come flocking into neighborhoods, so be leery if a worker shows up to your door telling you your house is safe. And don't jump right in with repairs. Price around and check references.

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