Rebounding From the Hail


Five weeks ago, violent weather gave the heartland a beating. While it was nothing like the damage in Pilger, communities just north of the metro got a June 3rd hailstorm to last a lifetime.

Loveland’s Judy Riley said, “There were power lines down to the south and to the north and I had to park down the road and wander through the neighbor’s yard to get home."

Judy is glad that her home is still liveable after last month’s storm. It will need a new roof, a lot of windows and new siding. Right now she is using a slow time in the recovery process to do some furniture refinishing.

“Pretty slow,” she said. “The insurance company was pretty good about coming out and getting the estimate to us but it's hard to get the contractors’ estimates to compare that."

Down the road, Paul Johnson's construction company is hard at work on another house. It took a pretty good hit in the storm. His advice for homeowners facing major repairs is to take a deep breath and be picky about who does the work.

Johnson said, “Insurance companies will, they'll work with you quite a bit. They'll do all the hard legwork for you, yeah, but just finding good subs is the hardest thing. So word of mouth is probably the best way to find your subs – references, that kind of stuff."

This weekend the Rileys did install a couple of windows themselves. The rest is going to be done by a contractor.

Johnson says the key to a happy outcome in all of this is patience.

“Gotta have that,” he said. “It is construction. Gotta have lots of patience."

We also looked in on the progress after the storm in Blair. While there is still a fair amount of plywood up on Main Street merchants say there is no reason to worry.

Roxanne Grabowski, with Lady and A Ladle, said, "We're still open and everything is running and business is good."

Other than a couple of businesses that are routinely closed on Monday, everyone else was up and running – business as usual with a little extra plywood.


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