Heavy Hail Damage in Mid-Missouri

1 decade 6 months 1 week ago March 14, 2006 Mar 14, 2006 Tuesday, March 14 2006 Tuesday, March 14, 2006 5:32:28 PM CST in News

You can see where hail punctured the vinyl siding of George Smoot's house. The holes exposed the wood underneath. But, even small damage like that adds up, so homeowners like Smoot have to make repairs.

"The sound of the hail was like a locomotive coming through," he recalled. "I mean, it was just terrible."

Smoot took his family to safety when the storm rolled in.

"When it hit, rain, hail, very small hail," he added. "Then it got bigger and bigger."

Big enough to dent the sides of houses in his neighborhood, some of them much more damaged than Smoot's. Local construction companies are working on the worst-hit houses first, patching holes to keep out moisture.

"We've been trying to take care of our local areas first," explained Jerrold Wade of ABC Seamless. "Seems like Columbia is one of the more devastated areas."

Ken Colwell of Millennium Construction Concepts added, "I think the numbness is just now starting to wear off. Some of it, you know, when you walk outside and see your house like this, you know, your thinking is total shock."

The average repair estimate is $25,000-$35,000 per damaged home in Columbia .

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