Insurance adjusters begin survey of damages


by Gene Kang

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 9 at 12:12 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- A deadly tornado destroyed nearly everything in its path in Henryville, Ind. Friday. Now, along Highway 160, volunteers are helping schools, churches and dozens of homes pick up the pieces.

Homeowners worked with insurance adjusters to get their lives back together.

It will be a long and difficult road to recovery for Henryville resident Steve Stoffregen.

His two story house was demolished. His plans to get married are delayed as an immediate response team with Allstate Insurance surveys what is left. A twisted semi-truck sits in Stoffregen's backyard.

"Looking at the house I don't really know where to start. There's walls on top of everything so I can't really pull stuff out without worrying about them falling," Stoffregen said.

His parents used to live next door. They're OK but their home was leveled.

Stoffregen will stay in Jeffersonville with his girlfriend. It could be a blessing in disguise because they were remodeling before the tornado hit and insurance money may pay for a completely new place.

"They gave me money to take care of living for now and living expenses for everything," he said.

A team of adjusters are canvassing the dozens of damaged homes and helping them file claims to rebuild.

Mark Collier, Allstate Insurance Frontline Performance Leader said: "There was no cell phone service. The power was out and there was no home phone service so we try to locate the customers. We're homeowners ourselves and we have families so our hearts go out to them as well."

The cleanup process may take weeks before the area starts to rebuild.

New utility poles are going up and electricity could be restored in a few days.


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