Last year's hail storm caused at least $27 million in damages, State Farm reports - East Idaho News

Last year’s hail storm caused at least $27 million in damages, State Farm reports

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IDAHO FALLS — Nearly one year ago a massive hail storm shocked many eastern Idahoans and caused tens of millions of dollars in damages.

On April 7, 2018, east Idaho was pelted by quarter-sized hail that smashed windows, tore holes in siding and damaged roofs. According to State Farm Insurance, the storm caused over $27 million in damages for their customers.

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“The amount of damage caused by last year’s hail storm was extensive and unexpected,” local State Farm Agent Emmalee Robinson said in a statement to “Fortunately we were able to act quickly to help Idaho residents recover.”

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State Farm reported total losses caused by hail for all of 2018 was $28 million. The April 7 storm contributed $27 million damages.

The year before, in 2017, the number was significantly lower at only $727,235.

A snapshot released by the company comparing the two years shows:

State Farm Auto Claims

  • 2018 Paid claims: $5.1 million, Number of Claims: 1,410; Average paid: $3,600
  • 2017 Paid claims: $247,235; Number of Claims: 65, Average paid: $3,804

State Farm Homeowners Claims

  • 2018 Paid Claims: $22.9 million; Number of Claims: 1,825; Average Paid $12,500
  • 2017 Paid Claims: $480,000; Number of Claims: 59; Average Paid $8,100
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Idahoans submitted a total of 3,235 claims to State Farm in 2018. For homeowners, the average claim was over $12,000 and more than $3,000 for automobiles.

Idaho ranked 20th overall in 2018 for hail damage. The top five states that experienced hail damage consisted of:

  • Colorado $598 million
  • Texas $437 million
  • Illinois $329 million
  • Minnesota $170 million
  • Nebraska $84 million