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Insurance Companies Say Claims In The Thousands After Hail Storm

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DENVER (CBS4) – Last months’ severe weather has hit Coloradans in the wallet and insurance companies are reporting claims in the thousands.

Mark Mercer and his daughter Kaitlyn spent Sunday getting the price tag on their hail damage from last month’s storms.

“The hail that was coming down, it was pretty severe,” Mercer said.

He was caught on the freeway during the May hail storm.

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“I tried to get under one of the underpasses on C-470 but everyone had already beat me to it,” Mercer said.

He was one of dozens at the State Farm Insurance drive-in location in Aurora.

“We are seeing about 60 to 70 cars a day,” Albert Hernandez with State Farm Insurance said.

Overall the company says they’ve filed about 4,000 claims just from the recent storms.

“We are seeing extreme to very minimal damage,” Hernandez said.

There is damage ranging from a light spattering of dents to the more severe broken tail lights.

“We had some that had actually totaled out,” Hernandez said.

Mercer’s price tag was a little more than expected.

“They’re finishing up but they are looking at about $5,000,” Mercer said.

It’s a cost insurance will mostly cover in order to get his car ready for Kaitlin’s birthday, which is a couple years away.

“It’s her car when she gets 16, so she made me fix it,” Mercer said.

Many insurance companies have a time limit to file a claim after a weather event.

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