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Monday, 17 June 2019 19:55

Colorado Hail Damage Still Needs Completing One Year Later

Written by Krystal Story, KRDO News
A hail-damaged Chevy that has yet to be repaired. A hail-damaged Chevy that has yet to be repaired. KRDO News

It's been one year since thousands of homeowners in Security-Widefield, CO, and Fountain, CO, woke up to the worst hail storm in 20 years.

It caused more than $150 million in damage after hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands of vehicles were left in pieces, and after all this time, not everyone has recovered.


Taylor James, a homeowner in Security, CO, has all but given up on repairing his mini-van. It used to be his wife's primary vehicle, but now it's kept in their garage until it can be fixed.


James says he can't find anyone to fix it.


"They're too backed up. We tried calling Pueblo mechanics and they said it would be six months. I mean, it's everywhere," he said.


During the hail storm, one homeowner explained that her vehicle was all but destroyed.


"This truck is my baby and it's probably trashed," she said.


Over the last year, auto body shops have told us there aren’t enough supplies or people to fix every car that was damaged.


Duane Mezler, general manager at Phil Long Collision said, "It’s been a lot of hail. Sometimes more than we can handle."


That means people like James have to wait.


“It’s a nightmare,” James added.


Now he's hoping another storm doesn't come in the meantime.


We thank KRDO News for reprint permission.



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