SPEEDWELL (WATE) – From uprooted trees, to crushed tractors, and roofs ripped off homes, Sunday night’s storms damaged people’s properties and possessions across East Tennessee, forcing many to now deal with the stress of clean up, which means turning to insurance companies for help.
“We’re beginning that process of getting the claim filed so they can get the money that they need to start trying to rebuild their lives,” said Farm Bureau Claims Representative Mark Brown.
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Farm Bureau adjusters are working from dawn to dusk to assess the destruction.
They say, while some homeowners are making minor claims, for missing shingles or water damage, they’ve seen a couple homes that are a total loss.
“We do have two to three claims adjusters in this area, so we’re out and assessing damage just as quickly as we possibly can,” Farm Bureau Agency Manager Brad Seal.
Slideshow: Photos from the storm
Because of the severity of Sunday night’s storms, Farm Bureau set up Monday a Catastrophe Response Unit from Lenoir City. They were in Campbell County, which is one of the hardest hit areas in East Tennessee.
“Anytime you have a tornado of this magnitude, it’s going to more than likely get this unit activated,” said Brown.
However, workers say they haven’t seen a storm this bad in years. They’ve been to dozens of homes across Campbell County and Claiborne County, snapping pictures and speaking to residents about the damage done Sunday night.
Although the storm smashed barns and severed tree trunks, many say they’re relieved everyone is OK.
“We can rebuild houses but you can’t rebuild a life,” said Brown.
Farm Bureau workers plan to keep their Mobile Response Unit open through early evening Monday. Those who weren’t able to make it can file a claim with Farm Bureau online, through their 24-hour claims center, or with their personal agent.
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